Basketball star Cleaves’ rape allegations hearing delayed third time
There is another delay in the court proceedings surrounding rape allegations against former Pistons player and MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves.
The probable cause conference for Cleaves was adjourned for the third time. It was scheduled for Tuesday and no new date was given Friday.
An administrator for the 67th District Court where Cleaves was arraigned last month on the charges in connection with the alleged rape announced the adjournment Friday. She did not indicate why the hearing was adjourned.
Cleaves, a MSU basketball great, has been charged with an alleged sexual assault in September of a 24-year-old Mount Morris woman.
Cleaves, 39, of Grand Blanc appeared in 67th District Court in Genesee County March 16 for an arraignment on the charges.
The rape allegations were denied in a tweet on the Mateen Cleaves Twitter page March 16: “My family and I are devastated by these false charges. I am innocent and the allegations are without merit.”
Efforts to reach Cleaves’ attorney Friday were not successful.
The Cleaves case is being handled by the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office after Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton recused himself citing a conflict of interest. Leyton discovered his family has a business relationship with one of the witnesses in the case.
The probable cause hearing for Cleaves had previously been scheduled for March 19 and again for March 29. The first delay was granted so lawyers could spend more time preparing for the hearing.