Attorneys huddle today in Bryant case |

Attorneys huddle today in Bryant case

As the wheels of the legal system spin toward Kobe Bryant’s preliminary hearing Thursday, attorneys for both sides will meet today to hammer out details.

Eagle County Court Judge Fred Gannett will meet this morning with District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and Bryant’s defense attorneys Pamela Mackey and Harold Haddon. This morning’s status conference is for Gannett to help attorneys determine what will be presented during Thursday’s preliminary hearing, and what will not.

A similar status conference is scheduled for 12:15 p.m. Thursday, just before Bryant’s 1 p.m. preliminary hearing. After hearing the evidence presented at Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Gannett will rule on whether there is probable cause for Bryant to stand trial in District Court.

During Thursday’s preliminary hearing, Hurlbert will put Eagle County Sheriff’s Detective Doug Winters on the stand. Winters will summarize the physical evidence, testimony from the alleged victim, witnesses and others connected to the case.

Hurlbert will also present as evidence photographs of injuries the alleged victim suffered during the June 30 incident with Bryant.

Since Thursday’s court date is also a bond hearing, Bryant is required to appear whether or not his attorneys decide to drop the preliminary hearing and go straight to trial.

Bryant, 25, faces one count of felony sexual assault, stemming from a June 30 incident at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in which he allegedly raped a 19-year-old Eagle woman. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.

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