N. Colorado punter felt berated by detectives

GREELEY, Colo. - A former Northern Colorado punter accused of stabbing the starter testified Tuesday that he felt bullied while being interrogated by detectives and that he implied he wanted a lawyer, only to be ignored.

Mitchell Cozad, who is charged with attempted first-degree murder, swiveled in his chair on the witness stand as he answered questions from his attorney, Joseph Gavaldon.

When asked why he spoke to investigators without an attorney, Cozad testified: "I had nothing to hide."

Still, Gavaldon sought to suppress statements Cozad made to investigators. The judge will issue a written ruling by Monday.

Cozad is accused of leaving a 3- to 5-inch deep gash in Rafael Mendoza's kicking leg during a Sept. 11 ambush. Police have said they believe Cozad stabbed Mendoza in an attempt to get the starting job. Cozad has pleaded not guilty and remains free on $500,000 bail. If found guilty of attempted murder, he could face up to 48 years in prison.

The case is set to go to trial July 30, but Gavaldon said lawyers were negotiating to resolve the case before trial. Chief Deputy District Attorney Michele Meyer declined to comment on any possible plea deal.

n Former Montana player arrested on assault charge: A former Grizzly football player, kicked off the team after his June 24 arrest for disorderly conduct, was back in court in Missoula, Mont., this week after allegedly assaulting his girlfriend.

Qwenton J. Freeman, 22, pleaded not guilty Monday to misdemeanor partner or family member assault, marking his second appearance before Municipal Judge Don Louden in a week.

Louden set bail at $250, and Freeman was released at 5 p.m. Monday from the Missoula County jail.

The former University of Montana cornerback was arrested by a campus police officer outside the University Village apartments around 3 a.m. Saturday, allegedly after assaulting his girlfriend, Kayla Hunter, who was visiting from California.

According to an affidavit of probable cause filed in Municipal Court, Freeman choked the woman and hit her on the head. He also pulled her hair and threw her to the ground outside the apartment building.


n Friars hoops star dies: Former Providence All-American Jimmy Walker, who was a first-round NBA draft pick by the Detroit Pistons in 1967, has died. He was 63.

Providence announced Tuesday that Walker died of lung cancer on Monday in Kansas City, Mo.

Walker led the nation in scoring in 1967 as a senior, averaging more than 30 points a game.