Archive for Monday, September 19, 2011

KU football player pleads not guilty to misdemeanor obstruction charge

September 19, 2011


An attorney entered a not guilty plea Monday for a Kansas University football player accused of running from a police officer earlier this month.

Douglas County prosecutors have filed a misdemeanor obstruction charge against Cooper Kerns, an 18-year-old freshman walk-on player from Leawood.

Lawrence police have said Kerns was arrested early Sept. 3 after he ran from an officer who alleged Kerns was urinating in an alley in the 1300 block of Ohio Street and did not produce identification when asked.

Kerns’ attorney Tom Bath entered the not guilty plea for Kerns, an offensive lineman using his red-shirt this year, Monday during a first appearance, and Kerns is next scheduled to appear in court Oct. 12.

Kerns was arrested on charges of possessing a fake ID and misdemeanor battery on a law enforcement officer because police said he was accused of striking the officer in the face with his arm as he pulled away and ran. But Douglas County prosecutors did not file formal charges regarding those allegations, according to court records. Kerns is free on bond, and a KU spokesman has said the team was handling discipline internally.


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