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Rape Trial Set For Son of Ex-National League Pitcher

December 9, 1991

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ A judge Monday gave the 20-year-old son of former Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets pitcher Tug McGraw eight weeks to prepare for trial on charges he raped a Temple University student.

Mark McGraw is accused of attacking the woman in her campus apartment Sept. 15.

McGraw, wearing a dark brown tweed sport coat over tan trousers, said nothing as he stood with his lawyer, Jack Reilly, before Common Pleas Judge Jane Cutler Greenspan.

″How about the week of Feb. 3 for trial?″ the judge asked.

″It’s okay with me,″ replied Assistant District Attorney Tariq El Shabbaz. Reilly said he had no objection to the date and asked for a jury trial.

Shabbaz said he expected the trial to last a week.

The judge ordered the lawyers to argue any pre-trial motions on Jan. 30.

McGraw, who had pleaded innocent at a Nov. 14 arraignment, is charged with rape, indecent exposure, indecent assault and simple assault.

His father, now a sports reporter for WPVI-TV, Philadelphia, pitched for the 1973 National League champion Mets and for the 1980 Phillies when they won the World Series.

The alleged victim testified at a previous hearing that she and the defendant were in her apartment with several other people playing cards and drinking.

She said she and McGraw went into her room where they kissed. After rejecting his further advances, the woman said, she fell asleep and awoke to find McGraw on top of her. She said she ordered him to leave, and he did.

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