Ex-Illinois star Terrence Shannon Jr. to stand trial for rape

Ex-Illinois star Terrence Shannon Jr. to stand trial for rape

Former Illinois Star Terrence Shannon Jr. to Stand Trial for Felony Charges

Former Illinois Star Terrence Shannon Jr. to Stand Trial for Felony Charges

Former Illinois star Terrence Shannon Jr. will stand trial for first-degree felony rape and felony sexual aggravated battery next month, as ruled by a Kansas judge on Friday.

The decision came at Shannon's preliminary hearing in Douglas County, Kansas, where Judge Sally Pokorny determined there was probable cause for the case to proceed to trial. The trial is scheduled to commence on June 10.

"Our legal team is neither shocked nor disappointed by the outcome of this event," said Mark Sutter, one of Shannon's attorneys, in a statement. "A preliminary hearing is a procedural process that merely speaks to the threshold of evidence and whether a question of fact may exist for a jury. It has nothing to do with guilt or innocence. Those issues will be decided at trial, and we continue to look forward to our day in court."

A woman accused Shannon of sexually assaulting her at a bar in Lawrence, Kan., on Sept. 9. Shannon was identified by the woman through online pictures and was subsequently arrested and charged in the case.

Despite the legal proceedings, Shannon stood out for Illinois in the NCAA Tournament, leading the team in scoring and guiding them to the Elite Eight before their loss to eventual national champion UConn. The university dropped its investigation into Shannon in April.

Shannon remains hopeful of being selected in the NBA Draft, projected by some entities as a lottery pick. The draft is scheduled for June 26-27.

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