Lawyers Debate Evidence in Naval Academy Hearing

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    Closed door meetings dominated the first day of hearings Tuesday to determine whether three former Naval Academy football players will face a court martial in connection to an alleged sexual assault. News4's Pat Collins reports. (Courtroom sketches by Bill Hennessy.) (Published Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013)

    Attorneys argued for hours about what evidence should be admissible on the first day of a hearing Tuesday for three U.S. Naval Academy students charged with sexual assault.

    The hearing at the Washington Navy Yard is being held to determine whether the midshipmen will face a court-martial.

    Midshipman Josh Tate, Eric Graham and Tra'ves Bush are charged with sexually assaulting a female midshipman in 2012 at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md.

    Tate, of Nashville, Tenn.; Graham, of Eight Mile, Ala.; and Bush, of Johnston, S.C., are attending the hearing. Each is sitting at a separate table with his own legal team.

    Bush has been charged with aggravated sexual assault and making two false statements. Graham is charged with abusive sexual contact and making two false statements. Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault and making three false statements.

    The three students were on the academy's football team. None of the students has publicly responded to the allegations.

    The hearing is expected to last at least until Thursday.

    The alleged victim is scheduled to testify at the hearing early Wednesday.