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Attempted first-degree murder charge filed

Updated: October 20, 2006, 11:34 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Prosecutors filed a charge of attempted first-degree murder against a former University of Northern Colorado backup punter accused of stabbing the starter in his kicking leg in a case that drew comparisons to the Tonya Harding-Nancy Kerrigan rivalry.

The charge, filed Thursday, accuses Mitchell Cozad of stabbing Rafael Mendoza on Sept. 11 outside Mendoza's apartment.

Cozad, 21, of Wheatland, Wyo., also faces one count of second-degree assault. Prosecutors said ...

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