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Judge denies two motions filed by former Auburn player Landon Rice’s defense team

Former Auburn football player Landon Rice
Former Auburn football player Landon Rice

Two of the motions Landon Rice’s defense team filed this week with the Circuit Court of Lee County were denied Friday by judge Steven T. Speakman.

The 19-year female plaintiff filed a protective order for abuse against the former Auburn football player on Sept. 12.

In a brief two-page ruling, Speakman denied Rice’s attorneys requests to delay the date of the original hearing from Oct. 4 to Oct. 11.

Speakman also denied the defendant’s request for an expedited list of discovery items including witness lists along with details about the alleged victim, including cell phone records, bank accounts, social media, vacations and usage of alcohol and drugs, including prescription medication.

The expedited motion to dismiss will be heard as part of the rest of the trial on Oct. 4.

Speakman also kept the temporary order of protection he issued last week in “full force and effect” until the scheduled hearing next month.

Rice faces allegations of first-degree rape in the filing for the protective order. The incident allegedly happened in the late hours of April 12 in the South Donahue Residence Hall, a 209-room dorm located across the street from the athletic complex.

It is also the basis for an incident report filed with the City of Auburn Police Department on July 27.

Rice has not been arrested or charged.

Auburn’s police department currently categorizes the case as “inactive,” but according to Captain Lorenza Dorsey the designation doesn’t mean the investigation is closed.

Rice’s attorneys issued a statement this week labeling the police and court records “false allegations.”

The attorney representing the female plaintiff responded within 24 hours.

“She is a courageous example for women everywhere and refuses to be silenced,” attorney Jeff Herman’s statement reads.

Herman also released alleged text message conversations between his client and Rice in which he allegedly apologizes for his actions in the texts and asks the plaintiff to not tell anyone about the incident.

Coach Gus Malzahn announced Rice had left the football program for “personal reasons.” following the team’s game on Sept. 10 against Arkansas State.

Auburn’s athletic department and coach Gus Malzahn have declined to comment on the issue.