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Packers' Chmura Ordered to Stand Trial on Assault

May 31, 2000|From Staff and Wire Reports

Mark Chmura was ordered to stand trial in Waukesha, Wis., on sexual assault charges after his 17-year-old baby sitter testified that the Green Bay Packer had sex with her without her consent.

The teenager, a baby sitter for Chmura's children, testified at the star player's preliminary hearing Tuesday that she was shocked at what happened and didn't protest because "he's a big guy. The door was locked."

Chmura, 31, is charged with third-degree sexual assault with the girl at an April 9 prom party, held at the home of his friend and neighbor, Robert Gessert.

Gessert, 43, also is charged with third- and fourth-degree sexual assault and is accused of fondling an 18-year-old woman in a hot tub at the same party. Gessert also was ordered to trial.

Chmura denies the charges.

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Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips was arrested for felony domestic violence and possession a loaded weapon at a Beverly Hills residence Saturday, police said.

Phillips, 25, who was waived by the San Francisco 49ers in November, remained in Beverly Hills jail Tuesday night in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to Sgt. Kirk West.

Officers responded to the 9000 block of Burton Way at 4:15 a.m. Saturday to investigate a domestic violence call, West said. When officers arrived, they were told the suspect had left the scene. They later discovered the suspect was Phillips.

The victim declined medical treatment but was given first aid by police officers at the scene. Phillips was later arrested without incident.

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Prosecutors in Atlanta called four more witnesses, but none could identify football star Ray Lewis as an aggressor in a brawl that left two men dead.

As the second week of testimony began, prosecutors have produced only one witness who said the Baltimore Raven linebacker actively participated in the fight.

Lewis and two friends, Reginald Oakley and Joseph Sweeting, are charged with murder in the deaths of Jacinth Baker and Richard Lollar, who were stabbed in the Jan. 31 fight outside an Atlanta nightclub after a post-Super Bowl party.

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Lawyers for former NFL player Rae Carruth and three co-defendants contend the state is taking too much time in turning over key evidence in the murder case in Charlotte, N.C.

"I think things have gone very slowly," Carruth's lawyer, David Rudolf, said after Judge Timothy Patti postponed a hearing on the discovery issues until July 5.

Prosecutors, however, said they have given the defense more evidence than the law requires.

Carruth and the others are charged with murder in the Nov. 16 shooting of Cherica Adams. Adams, Carruth's 24-year-old girlfriend, was pregnant with the player's baby when she was gunned down while driving in Charlotte. Chancellor Adams was delivered by emergency Caesarean section.

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A group that assists rape victims won the right to a hearing in its bid to stop Mike Tyson's bout in Scotland on June 24.

The Rape Crisis Center of Glasgow will take its case before the Court of Session in Edinburgh on Friday, the Home Office said.

Tyson was granted permission to enter Britain despite his rape conviction to fight Lou Savarese in Glasgow's Hampden Park soccer stadium.

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Track's governing body delayed the drug hearing of high jump record-holder Javier Sotomayor of Cuba until June 14. Sotomayor is appealing an International Amateur Athletic Federation suspension imposed after he tested positive for cocaine at last summer's Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. . . . University of Kentucky basketball recruit Michael Southall was bound over for trial in La Crosse, Wis., on marijuana possession and delivery charges after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

Miscellany

Gabriel Batistuta of Argentina said he signed a contract with Italy's AS Roma that could make him the highest-paid soccer player in the world.

It is reported Batistuta will make $5.2 million a year and AS Roma will pay Fiorentina a transfer fee of $33 million.

The New England Revolution acquired all-star defender Mauricio Wright from the San Jose Earthquakes for two players and a 2001 first-round draft pick. The Revolution sent defenders Mike Burns and Dan Calichman to San Jose for Wright, 29, who has made 50 appearances for the Costa Rican national team.

A 16-year-old Fort Bend County boxer died in El Paso, two days after collapsing during a match at the Texas Junior Olympics Amateur Boxing Championships.

El Paso police spokesman Sgt. Al Velarde said Juan Silva III, of Rosenberg, fell at the end of the second round of his bout at El Paso's Kennedy Recreational Center and was taken by helicopter to R.E. Thomason Hospital.

Travis Davis, who started 16 games at safety for the Pittsburgh Steelers last season, was released. The team replaced him by signing Brent Alexander, who was released by the Carolina Panthers last month. . . . Private services will be held Saturday for Eric Turner, former UCLA and Oakland Raider football star who died Saturday of stomach cancer.

Starting linebacker Curtis Holden is one of three Washington State athletes who will not compete next season because of academic problems. Basketball players Mike Bush and Tyrone Evans also will not play.

Alan Knipe, who was associate coach of the men's volleyball team at Long Beach State this past season, has been promoted to head coach.

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