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Trial date set for former Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford

A trial date has been set for the case against former Arizona Wildcats running back Orlando Bradford, who was arrested in September on multiple domestic-violence related felonies, court records show.

Bradford's jury trial is set to begin in Pima County Superior Court on Aug. 1, where he's is facing 10 felonies and five misdemeanor charges in connection, court records show.

On Sept. 14, Bradford was arrested after a woman said that he struck her multiple times during the previous two nights, when the pair argued first about a scratch on his car and later over her reluctance to eat a Frosty that he'd bought her, according to a Tucson Police Department's incident report.

The victim in the first case, a fellow UA student, called her mother after the second incident, who urged her to call police. Bradford was taken into custody in connection with seven felony counts of domestic violence.

On Sept. 15, after hearing about Bradford's arrest, a second woman came forward, telling police that she had also been abused by Bradford while involved in a previous relationship with him, police reports show.

The woman told police that she dated Bradford between January and early September, during which he strangled her several times. The woman had taken photographs of the injuries, and police re-booked Bradford on four additional domestic violence charges, according to the police report.

Bradford is facing seven felony charges of aggravated assault, three felony charges of domestic violence-related kidnapping and five misdemeanor assault charges, according to superior court records.

The Wildcats dismissed Bradford the day of his arrest.

After he posted bail in October, Bradford filed a motion with the court to allow him to move back to Texas and stay with his aunt while awaiting trial, where he's been for the past several months.

Last week, Bradford petitioned the court for permission to live in Shreveport, Louisiana, with his mother, as well as Costa Mesa, California, so that he can start attending a junior college, according to court records.

If Superior Court Judge Teresa Godoy accepts the motion during a Feb. 7 hearing, Bradford will return to Tucson for the trial and any other necessary court dates, the motion says.

Contact reporter Caitlin Schmidt at or 573-4191


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