DA expects key evidence next week
If charges are filed against Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, it won’t be until next week, the district attorney announced Thursday.
District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said he is waiting for the Colorado Bureau of Investigation to return evidence to him, including DNA evidence.
“It should be here by early next week,” said Hurlbert.
After he has everything in hand, Hurlbert said, he should be able to make a decision on whether to file charges against Bryant.
A CBI crime lab is analyzing unspecified evidence taken from Bryant and the alleged victim, a 19-year-old Eagle resident home from college for the summer.
“Any time we deal with a crime of violence, we look at exchange of hairs and fibers, exchange of body fluids – that’s blood, semen, saliva,” Pete Mang, deputy director of the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, told the Los Angeles Times.
Mang declined to say what the evidence was or speculate how long it might take, according to The Associated Press.
“”We’re in the beginning stages of examining the evidence,” Mang said. “”If we do find items that need analytical work, it could slow things down a bit.”
The woman reportedly met Bryant as part of her job at the front desk at the Lodge and Spa at Cordillera on June 30. Recent reports suggest that the alleged victim was in the process of taking an item up to Bryant’s room the night that the incident took place Estimates of the time she was in the room range from 20 minutes to two hours. She reportedly was in hysterics when she returned to the hotel lobby.
Both Bryant and the alleged victim checked into area hospitals for testing. Eagle County Sheriff Joe Hoy would not disclose the hospital where the woman went.
Bryant and his entourage were transported to Valley View Hospital in Glenwood Springs from The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera. He checked into the emergency room, then left for the Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs. He and two of the three members of the entourage stayed at the Hotel Colorado. The remaining bodyguard returned to The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera to clear out the group’s belongings.
Bryant is accused of sexual assault on the young woman. He was released on $25,000 bond Friday, July 4, after the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office issued a warrant for his arrest.
Bryant was in Eagle County last week for surgery on his right knee at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic. While in Eagle County, he stayed two nights, June 30 and July 1, at The Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, where the incident allegedly occurred on June 30.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.