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Defense cross-examines alleged victim in Cleaves case

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The woman who said she was sexually assaulted by former Michigan State star Mateen Cleaves took the stand on Friday in the fourth day of testimony in a preliminary hearing.

The alleged victim admitted to having a lot of alcohol on the night of Sept. 15, 2015. She also admitted she only remembered some things and didn’t remember others.

There was a 13 minute gap between the first and second time the alleged victim ran out of a Grand Blanc motel room and that’s when she said she was sexually assaulted by Cleaves.

In her second day on the stand, the victim, whose name is being protected, was released from court after being cross-examined by defense. 

Members of the media and public were asked to exit the courtroom while the judge watched surveillance video described by the defense to show the witness in Cleaves' car in the motel parking lot fixing her hair before going inside. The alleged victim said she didn't remember that moment. 

This was the fourth day of testimony in the preliminary hearing to determine whether or not Cleaves will stand trial for the alleged sexual assault.

Two weeks ago, a witness at the motel testified Cleaves twice forced the woman back into the room.

DNA evidence submitted in the preliminary trial suggests sexual acts took place, but at question is whether or not it was consensual. 

Mundy Township Police Sgt. Todd Johnson responded to the scene on the night in question. He testified in court on Friday.

"The victim said she wasn't a victim of a crime," Johnson said.

Johnson said Cleaves was not arrested that night, but he would have been if the officers believed he had assaulted the woman he was with.

To read about previous testimony, click here

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