UPDATE: Pre-trial next step for 3 former Spartan football players

UPDATE: Attorneys for the three players met with the judge today and the next step will be a November pre-trial hearing in November.

LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Three former Michigan State University football players, all charged with sexual assault, are expected to appear in court today for a hearing.

It’s a “Cobb Agreement” hearing which is a practice in Michigan that allows a judge to make an agreement with a defendant concerning the sentence the court will impose if the defendant pleads guilty or no contest.

A “no contest” plea means you don’t admit guilt but you accept the punishment.

In January a woman told police, she was assaulted in an apartment bathroom.

In June players Josh King, Donnie Corley Junior and Demetric Vance, were kicked off the football team after charges were filed.

They were arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges in early June.

6 News will be in the courtroom today and this story will be updated online and on 6 News.

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