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BYU Rape Trial Likely To Be Delayed Until March

BYU Rape Trial Likely To Be Delayed Until March

Posted - Dec. 22, 2004 at 10:27 a.m.



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- The trial for three former Brigham Young University football players accused of gang-raping a teenage girl is likely to be delayed until March.

The trial had been slated for January. But because of the amount of evidence to review, defense attorneys are expected to ask for a later date at a court-scheduling conference on January third.

Prosecutors last week gave defense attorneys more than 770 pages of reports and records pertaining to the case, as well as videotaped and audiotaped statements from players and former coaches.

Indicted on sexual assault and other charges in case are B-J Mathis, Karland Bennett and Ibrahim Rashada. A fourth player charged in the case will be tried as a juvenile.

The charges stem from last summer's alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl during a party at a Provo apartment.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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