Bryant decision put off till at least Thursday
A decision on charges against Los Angeles Laker guard Kobe Bryant won’t come until at least Thursday, District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said Tuesday.Some additional evidence analysis was returned to the District Attorney’s Office Tuesday, from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Hurlbert did not say what the evidence was or what influence it might have in his decision. He has promised to give a day’s notice before making his decision public.Deputy CBI Director Pete Mang said his agency is in constant contact with sheriff’s officials and prosecutors. He would not comment on the status of the tests.While the standard for an arrest is probable cause, a prosecutor needs to look at the merits of the case and decide whether there is a reasonable chance of getting a conviction, said Michael Goodbee, Hurlbert’s predecessor who heads the criminal justice section at the state attorney general’s office.Sometimes that higher standard may require further testing, Goodbee said.Bryant is accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old Eagle woman June 30 at The Lodge & Spa at Cordillera. Bryant turned himself in July 4 at the Eagle County jail.Bryant’s attorney Pamela Mackey has said her client is innocent.In a related development, sources said Eagle County sheriff’s deputies interviewed Bryant at 11:30 p.m. July 1 at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, the night after he had surgery on his right knee at Vail’s Steadman Hawkins Clinic.Sources said that later that night, Bryant voluntarily traveled to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs to provide DNA samples. According to Colorado’s sexual assault nurse examiner coordinator Val Sievers, those samples consist of blood, saliva and hair.Bryant did not return to the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, instead staying in Glenwood Springs where he checked into the Hotel Colorado.Dispatch lawsuitColorado Mountain News Media and the Vail Daily have a court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday to argue that dispatch calls to the alleged victim’s home, and to the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera, should be made available to the public. The request was made to the Eagle Police Department, Vail and its central dispatch center, and Eagle County.The records, usually available, have been denied the public and press as part of the ongoing investigation, authorities said. In a written statement, town of Eagle attorney Ed Sands said the records were part of that investigation and could be sealed from the public.In filing the request, Vail Daily attorney Rohn Robbins argued that the records are administrative and should be made available to the public.The time lineHere is the course of events as closely as the Daily can track them through a variety of sources:Monday, June 30- Bryant and three bodyguards arrived at the Vail at Lodge in Vail Village between 9 and 9:30 p.m., according to lodge employees. The lodge tries to persuade them to stay in Vail, but the group seeks the better privacy afforded by their destination, the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera.- The group checked in at the Lodge & Spa at Cordillera between 10:10 and 10:40 p.m., said a source close to the investigation.- The source said Bryant or someone in his entourage summoned the alleged victim to the room. No reason was given.- She was reportedly in the room about 20 minutes, and returned to the lobby in a state of shock and disbelief.- Workers on that shift clocked out at around 11:10 p.m. The source said the alleged victim was back home by 11:50 p.m.Tuesday, July 1- Bryant was scheduled for surgery on his right knee the following day, July 1. The source said the appointment was “not early,” but that Bryant was late for it anyway.- At 11:30 p.m., Eagle County sheriff’s deputies interviewed Bryant about the sexual assault allegations.Wednesday, July 2- Between 2:30 and 5 a.m. Bryant was at Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs to provide DNA samples in connection with the allegations. The alleged victim was also tested, although not at the same place and time as Bryant.- Bryant checked into the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, according a cab driver who took the entourage there.- Later that day Bryant departed for California.- At about 4 p.m., District Attorney Mark Hurlbert and Bryant’s attorneys agreed that no action would be taken in the matter until after the July Fourth holiday weekend.- At about 5:30 p.m., Eagle County Sheriff Joy Hoy was informed of the attorneys’ agreement.Thursday, July 3- Hoy presented his evidence case to Clear Creek County Judge Russell Granger, who was hearing cases in Eagle County that day. Hoy asked for a warrant for Bryant’s arrest on a count of felony sexual assault. Granger granted it. Granger also agreed to seal the file, meaning the public cannot access it.Friday, July 4- Hoy issued the warrant for Bryant’s arrest, and informed Bryant’s attorneys. Bryant flew in from California and turned himself in at the Eagle County jail. He posted a $25,000 bond and was flying back to California in about an hour.Sunday, July 6- The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office issued a press release stating that a warrant had been issued for Bryant’s arrest for felony sexual assault, and that he had turned himself in.Monday, July 7- Hurlbert and Hoy held a press conference to explain the process. Hoy said he was in no hurry to make the arrest, but issued the warrant so the families could deal with the situation. Hurlbert said he has not yet filed charges. He declined to say what those charges might be, if any.Wednesday, July 9- Hurlbert said he expected to make a decision on whether to file charges against Bryant by end of the week, depending on evidence the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was examining.Thursday, July 10- Hurlbert announced that there would be no decision that week, and that he expected analysis of the physical evidence to be returned by early the next week. He said a decision could be expected by early next week.Friday, July 11- Bryant’s booking mug shot was released by the Eagle County Sheriff’s office. The mug shot was made available on the Sheriff’s Office Web site. Media outlets complained about the low resolution, but Sheriff Joe Hoy said he was not going to issue a different one.Monday, July 14- Colorado Mountain News Media and the Vail Daily started legal action to open dispatch records of calls made to the alleged victim’s home, normally open records that local authorities have refused to turn over.The Colorado Bureau of Investigation supplied some preliminary results of its evidence analysis to the District Attorney’s Office.Tuesday, July 15- Hurlbert announced that while some more of the evidence analysis had been returned, not everything had. He said it would be at least Thursday before a decision on charges would be made.The Associated Press contributed to this report.