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Timeline: The Kobe Bryant case

By Wolf Blitzer
CNN

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- On June 30, Kobe Bryant checks into the posh Lodge and Spa at Cordillera in Edwards, Colorado. The alleged sexual assault against a 19-year-old woman occurred in his hotel room shortly thereafter.

The next day, July 1, Bryant's accuser goes to the local police and is subsequently examined by a nurse who specializes in sexual assaults.

July 2 -- Bryant submits to DNA testing in Colorado, checks out of the hotel, and flies back to California.

There's a mysterious incident the following day, July 3, at Bryant's home in Newport Beach, California. According to Newport Beach officials, someone places a 911 call from the house but immediately hangs up.

A dispatcher checks the caller ID and returns the call. After speaking with three people, including Bryant, police and paramedics arrive at the home -- reportedly to check out an unnamed adult woman who is lying in bed, but determine there was no crime and no need for medical assistance. They leave the home.

On July 4, Bryant returns to Colorado where he is arrested and released on $25,000 bail.

Fast-forward to July 18 -- Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert files his sexual assault charge against Bryant.

At a press conference that day, Hurlbert said, "This decision came only after reviewing all the evidence -- testimonial evidence, and physical evidence--and after conferring with prosecutors from around the state. Then and only then, did I make my decision."

Later that evening, with his wife, Vanessa, sitting next to him, Bryant acknowledges he had sex with the 19-year-old but insists it was consensual.

Said a tearful Bryant, "I didn't force her to do anything against her will. I'm innocent."

Kobe Bryant will appear in court on Wednesday to hear the reading of the felony sexual assault charge against him. If convicted and sentenced to prison, he faces four years to life, but if sentenced to a term of probation, he would receive 20 years to life. He could also face a fine of up to $750,000.


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