MADISON (WKOW) –The sexual assault trial of Badger football player Quintez Cephus was schueduled to begin Monday, but instead has been postponed.
According to online court records, the “court determines this case is not ripe for trial at this time.”
Cephus is charged with sexually assaulting two UW students in his apartment in April 2018, with his trial to begin Monday. Cephus maintains the encounter with the women was consensual. The star wide receiver missed the entire 2018-19 season as a result of the pending case.
Dane County Judge William Hanrahan expressed concerned over Cephus’s attorneys not having adequate time to review over fifty pages of phones records connected to the student-accusers.
Hanrahan also said he was uncomfortable making a ruling Monday on the prosecution’s bid to admit evidence on urine-testing involving one accuser who was allegedly incapacitated by alcohol and unable to give consent to any sex act. Assistant Dane County District Attorney William Brown says the testing shows the woman had an alcohol level of .069 hours after the alleged crime. Wisconsin’s limit for drinking and driving is .08. Hanrahan says deciding on whether the information can be used at trial turns on the nurse who administered the test, who was unavailable to questioned Monday.
“There’s been a steady stream of paperwork for the last probably month in this case,” Hanrahan says. “I don’t understand why…both sides seem to want to jam this through without being fully prepared.”
Brown objected to the postponement, arguing tax dollars have been spent to prepare for trial at this time, with witnesses lined up, including a witness living in Europe. Brown said the victims want no delay. “They do object to the set over,” Brown says.
“I don’t want to get to Wednesday and find out that both sides have sacrificed their rights to a fair trial,” Hanrahan says.
The thirty-eight people listed as potential witnesses by the prosecution, including Badger wide receivers Daniel Davis and Ammon J. (AJ) Taylor.
Court records show one of the women accusing Cephus of assault also claimed Davis took a photograph of her nude without her consent. Badger football coach Paul Chryst suspended Davis for two games in connection with the situation, but Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne said no criminal charge would be brought against Davis.
No new trial date has been set.