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Cleaves hearing postponed due to death in attorney's family

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Following two contentious days in court, the preliminary hearing to determine whether former MSU star Mateen Cleaves will face trial for alleged sexual assault charges has been postponed until Dec. 1 and 2 due to a death in one of the attorney’s families.

At question is what happened in room 121 at the Grand Blanc Knight’s Inn on September 15, 2015 and whether or not it was consensual.

In days one and two of the trial the defense worked to discredit two witness. One witness says she saw Cleaves and the alleged victim in the hotel hallway without any clothes on. The second witness is a registered nurse who completed the alleged victim’s rape kit.

“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 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 said 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.

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. 

Registered nurse Michelle Most says the alleged victim had scrapes on her knees and elbows and she was intoxicated when she went to a hotel room with the former msu star. She took an account from the alleged victim.

“And he tried to kiss me. I just gave up. He gives our organization a lot of money. I remember my clothes off,” Most read in court recounting the words she says the alleged victim told her on the evening of September 15, 2015 at Genesys Medical Center. 

But Cleave’s defense attorney Frank Manley questioned whether or not Most is bias because she later filed a complaint against the investigating officer, who is also a witness.

“That should have been brought forth earlier on,” Manley said. 

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