July trial set for ex-Tiger Evan Reed in rape case

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Detroit — A judge on Friday granted a stay of proceedings in the case against former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.

The stay was requested by attorney Ben Gonek, who has petitioned the Michigan Court of Appeals to overturn the reinstatement of rape charges that were dropped in November.

A not guilty plea was entered Friday on Reed's behalf by Wayne County Circuit Judge Shannon Walker. Reed will be allowed to travel back and forth from Michigan to his home state of California.

A final conference is scheduled for 9 a.m. May 1, according to Maria Miller, spokeswoman for the Wayne County Prosector's Office. The jury trial is scheduled for 9 a.m. July 13.

A woman, in her mid-40s, claimed Reed, 29, met her in the Fifth Avenue Bar in Royal Oak on March 29, slipped something into her drink and later took her to his sixth-floor hotel room at the MotorCity Casino hotel in Detroit. The woman said Reed raped her the next morning, a day before the Tigers opened their season.

Reed insists he and the woman had consensual sex.

District Judge Kenneth King on Nov. 21 dismissed the charges against Reed. Four days later, Criminal Division Judge Michael Callahan reversed King's ruling and remanded the case back to 36th District Court for a bind over order.

Reed was bound over last month to stand trial on two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. His attorneys previously had petitioned the Michigan Court of Appeals to prevent him from being bound over on charges that had been dropped.

The charges carry a 15-year maximum penalty.

Reed is a free agent after pitching for the Tigers and their Triple-A team in Toledo last season.


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