State excessive court docket gained't hear Mateen Cleaves intercourse assault case

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Attorney Frank Manley and Mateen Cleaves speak to the media after charges against Cleaves were dropped. Gina Damron/Detroit Free Press

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Former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves listens to the back and forth arguing between his lawyer Frank Manley and the Genesee County Special Prosecutor Lisa Lindsey in the courtroom of Judge Cathy Dowd at 67th District Court in Flint on on Tuesday, June 28, 2016.(Photo: Eric Seals Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

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FLINT, Mich.  — The Michigan Supreme Court has declined to review a judge‘s decision to reinstate sexual assault charges against former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves.

The state‘s high court on Wednesday joined three Michigan Court of Appeals judges, who in August denied Cleaves‘ request. Earlier, Genesee County Judge Archie Hayman reinstated the case against Cleaves, who faces charges including unlawful imprisonment and second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The case is expected to return to county court for trial.

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Cleaves is accused of assaulting a woman after a charity golf event and a visit to a Flint-area bar in 2015.

Defense attorney Frank Manley says he remains “confident” Cleaves will be “vindicated.”

Cleaves, a Flint native, led Michigan State to the NCAA basketball championship in 2000 and played for four NBA teams.

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