Thursday , May , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Still no trial date set in Kobe Bryant case

Eagle, CO (Sports Network) – Kobe Bryant was on his way out of a Colorado
courtroom and heading for Los Angeles Thursday night for Game 4 of the Western
Conference finals after another day in his sexual assault case.

Pre-trial hearings continued Thursday and a trial date has still not been set.

The 25-year-old Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a woman last 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.

Judge Terry Ruckriegle heard arguments Thursday from Bryant’s attorneys asking
to have a co-worker and a former boyfriend of the alleged victim submit DNA
samples in an effort to prove she lied about her sexual history.

Ruckriegle has still not ruled whether the woman’s sexual history will even be
admitted into evidence.

The defense has insisted throughout that the accuser had sex with someone else
less than 15 hours after her alleged assault by Bryant, and that injuries
found on the woman’s body could have been caused by sexual partners before her
encounter with Bryant.

The woman’s attorney has denied that she had sex with anyone before her
hospital examination.