Illinois star, NBA prospect Terrence Shannon Jr. ordered to face trial on rape charge


Regardless of the University of Illinois dropping its investigation, former star guard Terrence Shannon Jr. has been ordered to face trial on a rape cost in Kansas.

Shannon was suspended from the basketball team in December when he was initially charged, stemming from an alleged incident in September.

He was reinstated in January after lacking six video games after a federal decide granted his movement for a brief restraining order in opposition to the varsity.

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Illinois guard Terrence Shannon Jr. reacts after hitting a basket and being fouled in the course of the second-round NCAA Match sport in opposition to Duquesne on the CHI Well being Middle Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 23 in  (AP Picture/Charlie Neibergall)

A Kansas decide on Friday dominated, although, that there was possible trigger for a trial.

“Our authorized crew is neither shocked nor disillusioned by the end result of this occasion,” Mark Sutter, one in all Shannon’s attorneys stated in a press release, via ESPN. “A preliminary listening to is a procedural course of that merely speaks to the brink of proof and whether or not a query of reality might exist for a jury. It has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. These points shall be determined at trial, and we proceed to sit up for our day in court docket.”

Prosecutors in Douglas County charged Shannon on Dec. 5 with rape or an alternate depend of sexual battery. The grievance says the accuser was born in 2005.

The alleged sufferer instructed police Shannon pulled her towards him, put his palms below her skirt and touched her sexually. She stated the bar was so crowded she could not “do something,” an affidavit stated.

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Illinois Combating Illini guard Terrence Shannon Jr. brings the ball up court docket in the course of the sport in opposition to the Tennessee Volunteers at Meals Metropolis Middle in Knoxville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, 2023. (Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire through Getty Pictures)

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Shannon on Friday pleaded not responsible and testified that he by no means touched the girl.

As a fifth-year scholar this previous season, Shannon led the Illini in scoring (23.0 factors per sport) and helped them attain the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament earlier than dropping to eventual champion UConn.

Shannon transferred to Illinois from Texas Tech previous to the beginning of the 2021-22 season.

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Terrence Shannon Jr. of the Illinois Combating Illini handles the ball in the course of the sport in opposition to the Maryland Terrapins at Xfinity Middle in Faculty Park, Maryland, on Dec. 2, 2022. (G Fiume/Getty Pictures)

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Shannon was projected to be a first-round decide previous to the authorized case. The trial is ready to start June 10, roughly two weeks earlier than this yr’s NBA Draft.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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