The start of the trial of University of Southern California foo
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) _ The start of the trial of University of Southern California football player Aaron Emanuel on two charges was postponed for the second time Wednesday because the prosecution was not ready.
The trial, originally scheduled to begin Monday in Padasena Municipal Court, was put off another 24 hours to allow the prosecution to ready its case, said deputy clerk Joan Tanchek.
The trial had been delayed from Monday to Wednesday because the prosecuting attorney was busy on another case.
Emanuel, who has been suspended from Southern Cal in connection with the accusations, has pleaded innocent to two misdemeanor battery counts.
One of the charges involves an accusation that Emmanuel, a running back who was entering his junior year, hit USC track and field athlete Sharon Hatfield and knocked her unconscious at a party in Pasadena on May 3. The other charge alleges that Emanuel pushed a beer bottle into the face of another Southern Cal student, Tammy Baird, in a barroom incident last Dec. 18.