As Cal State Northridge's basketball team departed Tuesday for its appearance in the NCAA tournament, a judge ruled there was sufficient evidence for Jeffrey Braswell, the 22-year-old son of Coach Bobby Braswell, and Deon Tresvant, the team's leading scorer until his January arrest, to face trial on felony theft and burglary charges.
The two are due back in Los Angeles County Superior Court on April 1 along with actor Phannuel Gbewonyo, 28, who also faces charges in the case. A fourth defendant, freshman guard Dallas Rutherford, earlier pleaded guilty to a reduced charge and was sentenced to probation and community service. He has taken a leave from the team.
Neither Tresvant nor Rutherford has played for the Matadors since their arrest, and they did not accompany the team on its trip.
Judge Sanjay T. Kumar denied attorneys' motions at the end of the preliminary hearing that the charges for the three remaining defendants be reduced to misdemeanors.