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Witness who called 911 back on the stand in Cleaves sexual assault case

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New information was introduced into court on Wednesday during day two of the preliminary hearing to determine whether former MSU star Mateen Cleaves will face trial for alleged sexual assault charges.

At question is what happened in room 121 at the Grand Blanc Knight’s Inn in September 2015 and whether or not it was consensual.

“I couldn’t fight him. I just laid there,” … “and just took it.”

Those were the words witness Coleen Dowdall said the alleged victim told her that night after Dowdall first called the hotel operator to complain, she later called 911.

“I asked her if she had sex,” Dowdall said. “I didn’t ask her if she was raped.”

Dowdall, on the stand for the second day in a row, said she was watching Netflix in her room when she saw the alleged victim and Mr. Cleaves leave room 121 two separate times. She said Cleaves was naked both times and the alleged victim was naked the first time, but was wearing underwear the second time. 

The alleged victim was heavily intoxicated and vomited in Dowdall’s room, she said.

“She seemed trashed to me,” Dowdall said.

Dowdall said the alleged victim asked for help in contacting her mother and boyfriend by phone.

On Nov. 15, Dowdall stated she saw the alleged victim in the motel hallway on her hands and knees and saw Cleaves picking her up and taking her back to the room. It looked like he “was overpowering her,” she said Wednesday when pressed by prosecutor Lisa Lindsey.

Dowdall said she made a mistake when she didn’t call 911 the first time she heard noises outside of her room. She said she first phoned the hotel manager to say there were naked people in the hallway.

She later called 911 after she said she saw the alleged victim out of her room for a second time.

Contentious arguments between the prosecution and defense attorney Frank Manley continued into Wednesday’s hearing with Judge M. Cathy Dowd urging the defense to “stop editorializing” and allow for the re-cross-examination of new information introduced by Dowdall. 

Click here for Nov. 15 testimony

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