Greeley, Colorado – The attorney for a former University of
Northern Colorado punter accused of stabbing the starter says his
client is nervous and concerned as trial nears.
Mitch Cozad is due for trial July 30th on charges of with
attempted first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an
attack last fall on Rafael Mendoza.
Police have said they believe Cozad, of Wheatland, Wyoming,
stabbed Mendoza in an attempt to get the starting job.
Cozad has pleaded NOT guilty, and remains free on
After a pretrial conference today in Greeley, defense lawyer
Joseph Gavaldon said he wasn't optimistic about a last-minute plea
Cozad could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted as