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Quintez Cephus enters not guilty plea

30 days were given for both sides to gather evidence for discovery
Quintez Cephus enters not guilty plea
Emilie Cochran

In an arraignment hearing Thursday morning, suspended University of Wisconsin wide receiver Quintez Cephus entered a not guilty plea for second-degree sexual assault of an intoxicated victim and third-degree sexual assault.

Additionally, Judge William Hanrahan gave 30 days to file motions regarding discovery.

Tuesday, Cephus filed a federal case in the U.S. District Court against UW regarding the disciplinary investigation the university is conducting.

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In a statement, attorney for the federal case Andrew Miltenberg said UW is misusing their role as educators to deprive Cephus of his Miranda rights. Additionally, the statement alleged that university officials “know that there is exculpatory evidence to which they are turning a blind eye.”

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“This is not the message that educators should be delivering to African American young men,” the statement said.

In a news conference following the hearing, however,┬áTavis Grant, spokesperson for the Cephus family, said this case is not about race but is rather about “fact and fiction.” Grant maintained Cephus is innocent.

When asked specifically about the statement from Miltenberg, Grant said this case was about Cephus’s innocence, not race.

“The fact of the matter is he’s been accused of something,” Gant said. “He’s not being accused of being African American. He’s been accused of something he did not do.”

UPDATE: MPD says Cephus was investigated for sexual assault in April

Cephus’s lawyer for his criminal case, Stephen Meyer, said he has seen videos detailing actions throughout the evening between Cephus and the victims. He claimed these videos support the affidavit he filed for a motion to dismiss.

Meyer was unable to go into detail regarding the videos due to ethics rules.

“I cannot comment about any particular witness or what [the videos] will show,” Meyer said.

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