Wednesday , Apr , 28 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Kobe Bryant to enter plea on May 10

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – The judge in the sexual assault case involving
Kobe Bryant set an arraignment date of May 10 for the Los Angeles Lakers star
to formally enter a plea.

The announcement Wednesday by Chief District Court Judge W. Terry Ruckriegle
came at the conclusion of three days of pretrial hearings.

Bryant was in the Eagle, Colorado courtroom for the proceedings, but is still
expected to be available for Wednesday’s Game 5 of the Western Conference
quarterfinal series between the Lakers and Rockets at Staples Center.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a woman on June 30
at a Colorado resort, a Class 3 felony with penalties ranging from four years
to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.

Bryant, who was in Colorado for surgery on his right knee at the time of the
alleged assault, claimed the two had consensual sex.

Meanwhile, two important issues have yet to be resolved — whether the
accuser’s sexual history can be used as evidence against her at the trial and
a request by the defense team to throw out evidence that includes a hospital
examination of Bryant.

Ruckriegle also ruled that hearings to determine whether the woman’s medical
and mental health history is applicable to the case will be closed.

LAL