Attorneys Subpoena Alleged Victim's Correspondence in Jaylon Tate Case


CHAMPAIGN -- A pre-trial hearing for Illinois junior Jaylon Tate was delayed a week, as attorneys hope to get new information in the case in the coming days.

Tate is charged with domestic battery, accused of hitting a woman on March 12.  Champaign police Sgt. Bruce Ramsmeyer said a women, claiming to be Tate's girlfriend, told police she was hit in the face by Tate, but declined to give any further information at the time.

According to defense attorneys, that woman, 19-year-old Hailey Pieruccini, allegedly wrote emails the next day, saying Tate was innocent and didn't not hit her. According to attorney Evan Bruno, those emails were turned over to the Champaign County Circuit Court, but have been characterized as Pieruccini "being uncooperative" with the investigation.

Bruno tells WAND he's subpoenaed Pieruccini and another Illinois student-athlete, Andre Lee for their correspondence on the night of the alleged incident. Their communication is supposed to be the subject of an April 26 pre-trial hearing.

The parties will be back in court days later, as prosecutors are seeking an exception to the court's "hearsay rule", hoping to allowing testimony from people who say they heard Pieruccini's story sometime after the alleged incident.

That hearing is set for April 29.

Tate remains indefinitely suspended from all team activities.

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