New hearing scheduled in Mateen Cleaves case

Posted: 8:56 AM, May 17, 2016
Updated: 2016-05-17 17:23:09-04
LIVE: Hearing scheduled for Mateen Cleaves

Former MSU basketball star Mateen Cleaves was expected in court for his probable cause hearing this morning.

Cleaves was in the building, according to his attorney, but did not appear in the courtroom.

Cleaves is facing  sexual assault and false imprisonment charges.

The preliminary hearing has been set for June 28 at 10 a.m.. 

Prosecutors say the sexual assault took place during the early morning hours of September 15 of last year.

They say Cleaves took a 24-year-old woman to a motel, which we've learned was the Knights Inn on Grand Blanc Road, after co-hosting a charity golf event earlier in the day.

Someone claiming to be a witness tells 7 Action News she was there the night Mateen Cleaves allegedly sexually assaulted the woman in Mundy Township.

The witness told 7 Action News that the woman tried escaping Room 121 three times, running outside with little to no clothes, but was allegedly chased down by a naked Cleaves.The witness also claimed it was all caught on surveillance video.

We talked to the owner of the motel, who confirmed detectives looked at surveillance, but wouldn't say if it led to any evidence.

Cleaves' attorney says he's innocent, claiming the witness we talked to has no credibility. Frank Manley called the charges for sex assault and unlawful imprisonment outrageous.

He also wondered how the former MSU basketball star and Detroit Pistons draft pick will ever get his reputation back.