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Ex-Northern Colorado punter loses bid to have statements suppressed

GREELEY, Colo. -- A former Northern Colorado punter accused
of stabbing the starter lost his bid Monday to suppress statements
made to investigators.

Mitchell Cozad, who is charged with attempted first-degree
murder, wanted the statements made to investigators thrown out
partly because his implied requests for a lawyer were ignored.

A Weld County judge rule against Cozad.

During testimony July 3, Cozad said he spoke with investigators
because he had nothing to hide.

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.