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Ferentz testifies at pre-trial hearing


Iowa City (KWWL) -- Iowa head football coach Kirk Ferentz testified Thursday afternoon at a pretrial hearing for former Hawkeye football players Abe Satterfield and Cedric Everson.   Satterfield's attorney, Alfredo Parrish, wants to suppress statements his client made to Ferentz and other university officials in the days following the alleged sexual assault of an Iowa student-athlete.

"My intent was to sit down with abe and ask him what happened that evening to find if in fact we did have a situation," Ferentz testified.

In Ferentz's twenty minutes of testimony, much of the questioning focused on whether any of Ferentz's conversations were ever relayed to police.

"I didn't have enough information," Ferentz testified.   "I shared it with (Iowa athletic director) Gary Barta and turned it over to them."

Parrish says the defense is not disputing the statements.   They just don't want the information used against Everson and Satterfield in court.

Parrish and Leon Spies, Everson's attorney, are also asking for separate trials for their clients.   They argue it would prohibit their clients from getting a fair trial.   Assistant Johnson County attorney Anne Lahey doesn't see it the way.   She says so many of Everson and Satterfield's statements overlap each other that one trial is necessary.

Judge Patrick Grady will make a decision on the two motions on Monday, November 3rd.   That was the scheduled date for the start of the trial.   The trial has now been pushed back to a yet-to-be determined date.

Online reporter: Bryan Goettel



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