Prosecutors Seek Exception to "Hearsay" Rule in Tate Case

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URBANA, Ill. (AP) -- Prosecutors who allege Illinois basketball player Jaylon Tate hit his girlfriend in the face want to use statements she reportedly made after that alleged attack.

Hearsay evidence is generally inadmissible at trial. But the state has filed motions asking a judge to allow hearsay statements the woman made separately to three friends under the "excited utterance" exception to the rule against hearsay testimony.

The News-Gazette in Champaign reports (http://bit.ly/21ZKrW4 ) prosecutors say the woman's statements support their contention Tate battered her.

Tate pleaded not guilty last month to misdemeanor domestic battery for the alleged March 12 attack on the 19-year-old woman.

The 21-year-old junior from Chicago remains suspended from the basketball team and faces his next court appearance April 20.

Tate attorney Evan Bruno says his client is innocent.

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