Notre Dame basketball coach Ryan Ayers set to stand trial, delays possible

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SOUTH BEND – A Lawsuit for the Elders Notre-Dame men’s basketball Coach Ryan Ayers is still scheduled for later this month. However, delays in filing a woman accusing Ayers taking nude photos without her consent could cause the the trial has yet to be adjourned.

At a hearing on Monday, lawyers representing Ayers expressed frustration that the woman, who is the state’s lead witness in the case, did not appear to give evidence as the trial date nears. October 25.

Saint-Joseph Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sanford has ordered the woman to give her testimony within the next 10 days or risk the possibility that her testimony will be excluded from the trial.

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“When is she going to stick her head out of her ass and cooperate?” Sanford asked Deputy Prosecutor Rebecca Soto, who is handling the case for the state.

In response, Soto said the woman had recently taken a new job on the West Coast and traveled extensively, making it difficult to coordinate a filing date.

“She understands that she is, for all intents and purposes, the whole state case and that she must cooperate if we are to continue making these charges,” Soto said at the hearing.

Court documents show the woman was dropped off once in April. However, the parties have stipulated that she may be called in to answer other questions arising from further examination of cellphone recordings. Previous trial dates in June and August have been postponed due to delays in the Ayers defense team receiving evidence gathered from the woman’s cell phone, court proceedings said.

Cell phone proof

Ayers is currently billed with one count of the crime of voyeurism, one count of the misdemeanor of domestic violence and one count of conversion misdemeanor arising from a two-year relationship with a woman that ended in 2020.

Court documents indicate that the St. Joseph County Cybercrime Unit retrieved from Ayers’ phone “various images of naked women where they appear to be unaware that a photo was taken of them. These images include the women. in the shower, sleeping on a bed or in sexual position.

As part of the investigation, detectives from the cybercrime unit downloaded and examined all text messages and “media artifacts” from the woman’s phone. Documents filed by the Ayers defense team allege that there is a nude photo on the phone of Ayers’ wife that was allegedly taken without her consent. In addition, the couple exchanged “hundreds if not thousands of images and videos of a sexual nature.”

These items, Ayers claims in court documents, show that he and the woman taking clandestine nude photos of each other were permitted in the relationship.

Although most of the roughly 740,000 files are irrelevant to the trial, Timothy DeLaney, an Indianapolis attorney representing Ayers, argued that he should access all of the files retrieved from the woman’s phone because prosecutors had the same evidence.

“It’s a fundamental question. If the state has it, we should have it too,” DeLaney said Monday.

Prosecutors attempted to send evidence from the cell phone, but the large amount of data made it difficult to transfer the files, Soto said.

Sanford has ordered the more than 600,000 files to be turned over as soon as possible to allow time for the defense to review them before trial.

Ayers also faces a domestic violence misdemeanor charge resulting from a “physical altercation” between him and the woman while driving in St. Joseph County in July 2020. The woman found messages from a Another woman on Ayers and Ayers’ phone allegedly picked up the woman’s phone and attempted to get her out of the car, punching her in the face in the process, court documents show.

Prosecutors initially charged Ayers with two additional counts of voyeurism which have since been dismissed. One misdemeanor count was dismissed because the alleged act fell outside the statute of limitations and a separate felony count was dismissed when one of the two women accusing Ayers decided not to testify or not to testify. be involved in the case.

Notre Dame announced that Ayers was no longer in the men’s basketball program at the end of September 2020. Ayers graduated from Notre Dame in 2009 and also spent four seasons (2016-20) on the coaching staff. -Chief Mike Brey.

Email Marek Mazurek at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter: @marek_mazurek

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