ELLICOTT CITY, MD., OCT. 23 -- Former San Antonio Spurs guard David Wingate will go on trial Jan. 7 on charges of raping a 17-year-old girl. Deputy State's Attorney Dwight Thompson said the trial date was set at a hearing in Howard County Circuit Court today.
Wingate, 26, who played on Georgetown's 1984 NCAA championship team, is charged with second-degree rape, battery and a fourth-degree sexual offense. The alleged victim said she was attacked during a party at his apartment in Columbia, Md., on Sept. 16.
He told police she had consented to have sexual intercourse.
The girl told police she was unable to resist Wingate because she was drunk on beer and tequila.
Wingate, a 1986 second-round draft choice of the Philadelphia 76ers, averaged 6.8 points in 78 games for the Spurs last season.
Spurs owner Red McCombs said on Sept. 21 that Wingate, a restricted free agent who made $375,000 last year, would not return to the team. Wingate reportedly was on the verge of agreeing to a three-year, $2.25 million contract.
A 21-year-old woman charged Wingate last month in a civil suit in San Antonio, alleging he sexually assaulted her in June after drinking with her at a nightclub.