Ex-Northern Colorado punter loses bid to have statements suppressed

Updated: July 10, 2007, 11:36 AM ET
Associated Press

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.

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