Punter Surrenders On Attempted Murder Charge

Oct. 23, 2006

GREELEY, Colo. (AP) - A former Northern Colorado backup punter charged with attempted murder in the stabbing of his rival surrendered to authorities Monday.

Mitchell Cozad was released on $500,000 bail. He will have a hearing next month, the district attorney's office said.

Cozad is accused of stabbing starter Rafael Mendoza in his kicking leg last month in a crime that drew comparisons to the attack on Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan by Tonya Harding's hit man.

Cozad of Wheatland, Wyo., faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault and could be sentenced to 48 years in prison if convicted. The 21-year-old player has been suspended from the team and the university.


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