New York Giants player testifies murder suspect's hearing

AP
Published 12:48 p.m. ET Sept. 10, 2019
CLOSETOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has testified at a preliminary hearing about the fatal shooting of his best friend and former Washburn University teammate.Ballentine testified Monday, a day after making his NFL debut. He was wounded April 27 in Topeka in the shooting that killed 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, just hours after the Giants drafted Ballentine.The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ballentine testified in a preliminary hearing for 18-year-old Alejandro Mendez, of Topeka, who is charged with first-degree murder and 11 other counts. He recounted how he, Simmons and others were standing outside a house when a car stopped nearby and began firing at the group.Simmons, a defensive back who would have been a senior this fall, was killed. Ballentine was shot in the buttocks.After the hearing, Mendez was bound over for trial.___Information from: The Topeka (Kan.) Capital-Journal, http://www.cjonline.comCopyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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