Jury trial slated for ex-hoops standout
April 20, 2009
A jury trial for a former college basketball star accused of kidnapping and raping a woman at Stein Eriksen Lodge is scheduled June 24-25.
Teddy Dupay is charged with three felonies for aggravated kidnapping, rape and aggravated sexual assault. The charges stem from a confrontation in June 2008, which court filings describe as an attack at the hotel.
"I’ve just been notified that Mr. Dupay would like to have this set for a trial," Summit County prosecutor Paul Christensen said in court Monday.
Dupay did not speak as he stood before 3rd District Court Judge Bruce Lubeck.
Lubeck scheduled a pretrial conference for Dupay May 18. Talks between lawyers to hammer out a deal apparently broke down. Attorneys indicated for several weeks they were close to reaching a plea agreement.
The incident occurred in room 119-2, according to court filings. The accuser told prosecutors Dupay hit and kicked her about 150 times. Investigators maintain that she had bruises, scratches and a swollen left eye.
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Prosecutors say they offered Dupay a plea bargain because the accuser, who is from Salt Lake County, lacks credibility. She admitted in court she tried to contact Dupay several times after the alleged attack and sent him text messages.
Dupay and his attorney, Ed Brass, have not commented to The Park Record. Dupay started as a guard for the Florida Gators when the school lost to Michigan State in the 2000 NCAA championship game. A Florida spokeswoman said Dupay played basketball at the school from 1999 to 2001.