Rape charges reinstated against ex-Tigers pitcher Reed

Oralandar Brand-Williams

Detroit — Former Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed could be going to trial for a second time on rape allegations, the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office announced Wednesday.

Reed was bound over on the charges Wednesday by Wayne Circuit Judge Shannon Walker. He faces an arraignment 9 a.m. March 13.

Last week, Reed's attorneys petitioned the Michigan Court of Appeals to prevent him from being bound over to stand trial on rape charges that had been dropped. A clerk for the appeals court said Wednesday no action has been taken on the case and no hearing date, to possibly reverse Walker's decision, has been set by the court.

On Feb. 4, 36th District Judge Kenneth King granted Reed's attorneys a stay.

A 45-year-old woman claimed Reed, 28, 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.

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

King dismissed the two counts of criminal sexual conduct third degree, which carry a 15-year maximum penalty.

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

Attorneys for Reed did not return calls seeking comment.

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