LARAMIE — The criminal case involving former Wyoming football player Carl Granderson will move forward with one trial next month.
A judge has denied Granderson’s request to separate one charge of third-degree sexual assault and one charge of sexual battery. The charges stem from an incident that allegedly occurred just days after the Cowboys’ season ended involving two alleged victims.
On Granderson’s behalf, his lawyer, Megan Overmann Goetz, filed a request on June 14 to split the charges into separate trials, contending it would be prejudical to her client to have the jury consider what Granderson asserts to be “two separate counts involving two separate victims,” according to documents filed in Albany County District Court. Judge Tori Kricken denied the request last week.
“The two offenses are related in time and space, having occurred essentially simultaneously,” Kricken wrote in her ruling. “Many of the facts will be the same. Many of the witnesses would be required for both trials. This joint trial will serve the public interest by expediting the administration of justice and conserving judicial time and economy by avoiding the need to recall witnesses, including Mr. Granderson, law enforcement and others, to multiple trials.”
Granderson will go on trial beginning July 15. Three days have been set aside for the trial if needed. He has waived his right to a speedy trial, according to court filings.
Widely thought of as Wyoming’s top prospect for this year’s NFL Draft before the charges were brought against him in February, Granderson went undrafted. The two-time all-Mountain West selection signed a free-agent contract with the New Orleans for a base salary of $70,000 with a $15,000 signing bonus, according to multiple media reports.
Granderson is accused of making unwanted sexual contact with two female victims at his off-campus apartment on the night of Nov. 25 and into the morning of Nov. 26. The alleged victims are identified only as A.A. and D.H. in court filings.
Kricken’s decision, which was first reported by the Laramie Boomerang, is the most recent order denying a request made by Granderson. In May, Goetz filed a motion on Granderson’s behalf to continue the trial and requested the first stacked setting in district court, which wouldn’t have been until Dec. 18 at the earliest.
In court filings, Goetz noted that her client had just signed to play professional football and that Dec. 18 would be in the middle of the season, or “the busiest time for his career and work.” Granderson requested a trial for Feb. 2, 2020, but that was also denied.
Granderson has issued the University of Wyoming a subpoena to produce “any and all student files, including disciplinary, athletic or academic records or otherwise” for the alleged victims, according to court documents. The state filed a motion to quash the subpoena.
Kricken denied that motion last week, though the subpoena was modified to require the school to produce records specifically related to the allegations in the case. A protection order has been granted over any material produced in response to the subpoena, according to court documents.
In most cases, a third-degree sexual assault conviction in Wyoming carries a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. Sexual battery, a misdemeanor, is punishable by up to one year in jail.