A judge ruled Monday that NBA star Kobe Bryant must stand trial on a charge of raping a 19-year-old Colorado resort worker. Eagle County Judge Frederick Gannett says prosecutors presented enough evidence Bryant might have committed the crime June 30th.
The defense can appeal Gannet's ruling, but such appeals are rare. The Los Angeles Lakers guard could face a life sentence if convicted. Bryant's next appearance, in district court, would be November 10th. At his first hearing, Bryant will be advised of his rights, of the charge and of the possible penalties. He could enter a plea during that hearing.
The 25-year-old Bryant says the sex was consensual. His attorneys have suggested the woman's injuries came during sex with other men in the days before her encounter with Bryant at a posh resort in nearby Edwards.