Augustine allowed to remain free on bond

Updated: March 15, 2004, 7:08 PM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- A 37-year-old Long Beach, Calif., man pleaded not guilty Monday to charges he made dozens of threats against the prosecutor and the alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case.

Cedric V. Augustine was allowed to remain free on $50,000 bond by U.S. Magistrate Michael J. Watanabe. His bond requires him to refrain from contacting prosecutor Mark Hurlbert, or anyone else in the case.

He was ordered to appear for a motions hearing April 30 before U.S. District Court Judge Lewis Babcock. Augustine had first appeared in court Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, a day after he was arrested.

In a July 18 phone message left at Hurlbert's office, Augustine allegedly said, "Anything happens to Kobe, something will happen to you. We will hunt you down." The next day, Augustine allegedly left a telephone message in which he threatened to shoot Bryant's accuser, and later sent a letter to Hurlbert threatening to kill the accuser.

Augustine is the third person arrested for allegedly threatening people involved in the high-profile case.

Bryant, 25, is charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old employee at a Colorado mountain resort where he stayed last June. He has said the two had consensual sex.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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