Greeley, Colorado – Jury selection is scheduled to begin today
(Monday) in the trial of a former Northern Colorado backup punter
accused of stabbing the starter.
Mitch Cozad of Wheatland, Wyoming, is charged with attempted
first-degree murder and second-degree assault in an attack.
Punter Rafael Mendoza was stabbed last September in a dimly lit
parking lot outside his apartment. Mendoza suffered a wound in his
Police say they believe Cozad stabbed Mendoza in an attempt to
get the starting job. The attack drew national attention and
comparisons to the assault by Tonya Harding's hit man on skater
Cozad could face up to 48 years in prison if convicted of the
attempted murder charge. The trial could take up to 10 days.