Punter Says Not Guilty
Greeley, Colorado – A former University of Northern Colorado
backup punter who allegedly stabbed the starter is pleading NOT
guilty to the attempted murder and assault charges he's facing.
Mitch Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming entered his pleas in a Greeley
courtroom this morning to charges of attempted first-degree murder
and second-degree assault.
A trial is now scheduled for July 30th.
Cozad is accused of stabbing Rafael Mendoza in a dimly lit
parking lot at his apartment complex last September.
Mendoza suffered a three- to five-inch-deep knife wound in his
kicking leg. He returned to the team two weeks after the stabbing
and averaged almost 40 yards on 56 punts.
Cozad could face 48 years in prison if convicted.
He's free on 500-thousand-dollars' bond.