Bryant appears in court; preliminary hearing October 9
Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant made an appearance in a Colorado courtroom on Wednesday for a hearing in his sexual assault case.
Bryant sat motionless for most of the proceedings, but stood when Judge Frederick Gannett asked defense attorney Pamela Mackey if her client wanted a formal advisement of the charges and rights.
Mackey asked that the reading of an advisement be waived and requested a preliminary hearing. Judge Gannett selected a date of October 9 at 3 p.m. (et) for the hearing.
Gannett also asked Bryant if he understood that he could have a preliminary hearing within 30 days and asked if Bryant objected to the October 9 date, to which Bryant replied “no sir.”
The entire process took less than 10 minutes.
Bryant, who is free on $25,000 bond, is being charged with one count of sexual assault, considered a Class 3 felony. The penalties range from four years to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.
The 24-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman on June 30 at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera in nearby Edwards. The Colorado woman, who worked at the hotel where Bryant checked in, filed a report with Eagle County authorities the following day and the five-time All-Star posted bond on July 4 after turning himself in.
The Lakers’ star guard, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at Vail’s Steadman Hawkins Clinic, is married and has an infant daughter. He has admitted to making the mistake of adultery, but insisted the sex was consensual.
Bryant was the NBA’s second-leading scorer last season, averaging a career- high 30 points to go along with 6.9 rebounds and 5.9 assists. He has won three world championships with the Lakers.
08/06 18:27:26 ET