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Arizona Wildcats football: Judge sets next court date for charged player

2012-04-16T10:18:00Z 2012-04-16T10:34:03Z Arizona Wildcats football: Judge sets next court date for charged playerBy Ryan Finley, Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A Tucson City Court judge has set the next court date for Arizona Wildcats offensive tackle Fabbians Ebbele, who is facing charges of assault and trespassing stemming from his role in house party fight last month.

But Ebbele’s lawyer, Skip Donau, said following today's pretrial hearing that he's hoping the case will be dismissed before Ebbele is scheduled to return May 17.

Ebbele was one of four UA football players arrested for their roles in two March 2 fights at a house party. 

Partygoers told police that they saw both Ebbele and UA defensive back Jourdon Grandon punching men and women, according to Tucson Police Department reports. The 6-foot-8-inch, 310-pound Ebbele forced himself into the house and “began punching everybody he could reach,” the party’s host told police, reports stated. Both Ebbele and Grandon told police that they didn’t hit or shove anybody at the party, according to reports. 

Coach Rich Rodriguez suspended Ebbele and Grandon on March 7, five days after they were arrested. Grandon is scheduled to appear in court April 23.

Defensive tackle Justin Washington, offensive lineman Eric Bender-Ramsay and safety Jared Tevis were all charged with trespassing, but continued to participate in spring drills. The Wildcats held their annual spring game Saturday. 

Donau said it was "just a party that got out of hand for a while." 

"Nobody was injured. Nobody demonstrated any injuries to the cops. Nobody pursued this," he said. 

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