FLINT, Mich. (AP) – An attorney representing ex-Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves has asked a judge to disqualify the Wayne County prosecutor’s office from Cleaves’ sexual assault case.
Attorney Frank Manley said in a motion that Cleaves’ accuser is a member of a Wayne County child sexual abuse taskforce. The case is being handled by the Detroit-based Wayne County prosecutor’s office because of a conflict raised by the Genesee County prosecutor.
Manley’s move prompted a Flint district court judge to cancel Tuesday’s preliminary examination.
The prosecutor’s office says it will respond in court to Manley’s motions. A hearing is scheduled for July 29.
The 38-year-old Cleaves is charged with assaulting a woman at a motel last summer. He denies the charge.
Cleaves led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.