Wednesday , Sep , 01 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Report: Prosecutors to dismiss case against Kobe

Denver, CO (Sports Network) – According to a broadcast report, prosecutors
will be filing a motion to drop charges against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe
Bryant.

ABC News is reporting that prosecutors are asking the judge to dismiss the
case without prejudice, meaning that charges can be refiled at a later date.
The report also says that the alleged victim was unwilling to move forward
with the charges. The motion could be made as early as late Wednesday
afternoon local time.

The trial against Bryant was on track to begin on Friday. The past week has
seen both sides interview possible jury members in preparation for the start
of the trial.

Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a then 19-year-old woman more than a
year ago while in Colorado for surgery on his right knee. The charges brought
along with it include a Class 3 felony with penalties ranging from four years
to life in prison or 20 years to life on probation.

Bryant admits to having consensual sexual relations with the woman, but says
he is only guilty of adultery. Bryant is married and has one child.

The alleged victim filed a civil suit against Bryant on August 10.

LAL