A woman told police she was "tossed around like a stuffed animal" while three former Minnesota basketball players sexually assaulted her last January, an officer testified in Madison, Wis.
Det. Linda Draeger told a Dane County Circuit Court jury the woman told her she was reluctant to report the incident because "she was afraid the players would come after her."
Draeger said the woman, an 18-year-old former art student, told her two players forced her into a Madison hotel room and when one, Mitchell Lee, began to force himself on her, she told him she would "scream at the top of her lungs."
Draeger was among the first witnesses to take the stand as the second week of the trial began before Circuit Judge George Northrup, who said he hoped final arguments could be heard by mid-week. Charged with first degree sexual assault are Lee, Kevin Smith and George Williams Jr. . . .
Former University of Miami tight end Willie Smith has agreed to enter a pretrial intervention program that would permit him to play in the NFL, a prosecutor said.
Smith, who was the Cleveland Browns' 10th-round draft choice (the team waived him yesterday), was arrested in a motel parking lot June 30 on cocaine and weapons charges. Assistant State Attorney Joe Rosenbaum said Smith had agreed to enter the six-month intervention program involving counseling. All charges against him would be dropped upon its successful completion.