Pretrial for 3 ex-MSU football players to begin Wednesday
Three former MSU football players accused of sexual assault will be in court Wednesday.
Joshua King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance have a pretrial conference at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Courthouse, 313 W Kalamazoo St.
"We're still in negotiations and discussions with the prosector's office, and at this point I honestly don't know what to tell you is going happen next Wednesday," said Shannon Smith, King's attorney.
On Jan. 16, 2017, at a party at University Village, King allegedly brought a woman into a bathroom, pulled her pants down and penetrated her. King then allowed Corley and Vance into the room, where they forced the victim to perform oral sex on them.
They were dismissed from the football team June 6, 2017, after arrest warrants were issued.
Corley and Vance both face one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, while King has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of capturing and distributing an image of an unclothed person.
The trio was offered a plea deal in October 2017, according to court records.
"Typically, our office does not comment on plea deals and plea negations to confirm or deny," Community Outreach Coordinator for Ingham County Prosecutor's Office Scott Hughes said. "The reason for that is that up until, and I'm talking just hypothetically, about a hypothetical defendant, up until a person accepts a plea deal, they have the option to opt out of it and go to trial and that it unfairly disadvantages a defendant if we provide notice to the press that they're in plea talks ... and then they later opt to go to trial."
More than 100 witnesses were interviewed during the investigation by MSU Police.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina will preside over the pretrial. She sentenced ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in Ingham County for seven charges of criminal sexual conduct.
Nassar was represented by Smith's law firm.
Mary Chartier-Mittendorf and John Shea, attorneys for Demetric Vance and Donnie Corley, respectively, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.