A former Dallas Cowboys running back accused of rape blurted out his insistence that he was innocent in court Tuesday during a preliminary hearing.
“She didn’t tell me,” Joseph Randle, 27, insisted to the judge during the proceedings, according to local outlet The Wichita Eagle. “She never said nothing. She never said no. So how am I supposed to know?”
Randle has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in September in her apartment. The alleged assault reportedly lasted three hours before she said she escaped and ran half-naked to a neighbor’s door to get help.
The woman told authorities she had invited the former football player to her apartment, but he refused to leave. He later allegedly forced himself on her against her will, after drinking almost an entire bottle of whiskey, she told police.
She claims he grabbed her by the neck, put her in a choke hold, and punched her before assaulting her, KWCH reports.
He’s facing 11 counts in the alleged incident including rape, aggravated criminal sodomy, aggravated kidnapping, and aggravated battery.
Randle, who was released by the Cowboys in 2015, has not yet entered a plea in the charges against him. However, Sedgwick County District Court Judge Kevin O’Connor ruled Tuesday that the night of the alleged assault Randle had been in violation of rules outlined by the judge last year in a separate case.
Randle had been given five years probation after he backed over people with his car at a party, upset when he had been asked to leave the festivities, The Wichita Eagle reported at the time.
Under the rules previously outlined by O’Connor, Randle was not supposed to drink, stay out past midnight, or commit any new crimes while on probation.
Randle’s court-appointed attorneys have argued that Randle is not competent to stand trial on the rape charges, although Randle told the judge Tuesday he didn’t feel like “the proof is enough” for the case to proceed and wanted a trial as quickly as possible.
He repeatedly spoke out of turn during the proceedings, the local paper reports.
O’Connor ruled there is enough evidence to go to trial. Randle is expected to appear in court again on Feb. 25 to enter a plea.
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