Prosecutors and an attorney for former Baylor University football player Shawn Oakman asked a judge for a priority trial setting Friday in Oakman’s sexual assault case.

Oakman’s trial was already postponed at least once when his original attorneys withdrew from the case after Oakman couldn’t pay their fee.

Since then, Alan Bennett has been appointed by 19th State District Judge Ralph Strother to represent Oakman, who was indicted on one count of sexually assaulting a Baylor graduate student at the James Avenue duplex where Oakman lived in April 2016.

Oakman, a third-team All-American defensive end at Baylor who once hoped to be drafted by an NFL team, is now working a construction-related job and living in Waco, Bennett said.

Bennett said he and prosecutors have discussed a trial date for May or June. He said both sides want to speak to their witnesses, some of whom are coming from out of state, to ensure their availability.

Oakman’s court appearance Friday was for a status conference in his case.

The attorneys said they will get back to the court with a more specific trial date once they have talked to their respective witnesses.

“Mr. Oakman and I look forward to our day in court when we can present his side of the story and let the jury hear the full story,” Bennett said.

Oakman, Baylor’s all-time sack leader, told police the sexual relationship was consensual. His previous attorney, Michelle Tuegel, said Oakman and the woman had “numerous consensual sexual encounters.”

Waco police searched Oakman’s residence looking for evidence to support the woman’s claims that Oakman sexually assaulted her between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Police also executed search warrants for his DNA and cellphone.

A police affidavit for the search warrant said police were looking for clothing the woman left behind at Oakman’s duplex, as well as earrings, blood, semen, bodily fluids, hair, skin cells, DNA and other items.

Court documents indicate officers seized two comforters, a fitted sheet and a flat sheet from Oakman’s bedroom.

The woman was examined at a hospital after the alleged assault.

The affidavit, drafted by Waco police Detective Sam Key, said the woman met Oakman at a Baylor-area bar on Speight Avenue and Oakman asked her if she wanted to go to his residence. They walked to Oakman’s duplex, and Oakman “forced” her into a bedroom, according to the affidavit.

Oakman forcibly removed the woman’s clothes, forced her onto the bed and sexually assaulted her, the affidavit alleges.

The woman left, but told police she left her underwear at the duplex and lost an earring in the bedroom.

Staff writer at the Waco Tribune-Herald covering courts and criminal justice. Follow me on Twitter @TSpoonFeed.

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