Greeley, Colorado – A prosecutor says a former University of
Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter
couldn't handle being inferior.
Weld County District Attorney Ken Buck made his opening
statements in the trial of Mitch Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming, that
continues today and is expected to last two weeks. Cozad is charged
with attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an
attack last September on Rafael Mendoza outside Mendoza's
Cozad's defense attorney Joseph Gavaldon said during his opening
statements that the person who stabbed Mendoza is not Cozad but
Kevin Aussprung, a prosecution witness who claimed he was with
Cozad at Mendoza's apartment complex.
Aussprung has denied wrongdoing and has not been charged. He
will testify later in the trial.