New York Giants player testifies in Kansas murder suspect's hearing

September 10, 2019 - 5:53 pm

Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports


New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has testified at a preliminary hearing about the fatal shooting of his best friend and former Washburn University teammate.

Ballentine testified Monday, a day after making his NFL debut. He was wounded April 27 in Topeka in the shooting that killed Dwane Simmons, 23, just hours after the Giants drafted Ballentine.

Ballentine testified in a preliminary hearing for Alejandro Mendez, 18, of Topeka, who is charged with first-degree murder and 11 other counts. He recounted how he, Simmons and others were standing outside a house when a car stopped nearby and began firing at the group.

Simmons, a defensive back who would have been a senior this fall, was killed. Ballentine was shot in the buttocks.

After the hearing, Mendez was bound over for trial.

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