For Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, preliminary hearings would’ve determined if there was enough evidence for the cases to go to trial.
The hearings initially were scheduled for June, but the former Spartans’ attorneys worked to get them delayed.
King, Corley and Vance are all facing charges stemming from an alleged incident in which King tried to convince a woman to have sex with him in a bathroom before penetrating the alleged victim against her will, according to university detective Chad Davis’ testimony in June. She also was forced to perform oral sex on King, Vance and Corley against her will, Davis said.
King was charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, third-degree criminal sexual conduct and of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person. Corley and Vance were each charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The players were dismissed from the team in June, and coach Mark Dantonio addressed the situation earlier this summer.
Aside from making a statement when the players were dismissed from the team, Dantonio hadn’t said anything on the subject before opening up in July. That was by design.
“I didn’t want to negate any aspect of that by talking about a left tackle or a quarterback and trivialize what was going on,” Dantonio said. “It’s a serious problem and our players have to understand that and be able to grasp that aspect going forward. All of that was by design that we stayed away from the press.”
“It’s been challenging, but I think you are defined by how you handle your challenges in your life,” he said. “It was left up to me in how we handled it in terms of when I talked about it or how we handled it in large part.”