Posted By: Cole Miller
The Lincoln woman accused of staging a hate crime appeared in Lancaster County Court Thursday morning.
Charlie Rogers made national news claiming she was attacked because she is gay. But, police say she made it up. After a brief court appearance Thursday morning she is standing by her innocence.
Rogers waived her right to a speedy trial. On August 21, the former Husker basketball player turned herself into Lincoln police after they issued a warrant for her arrest for false reporting. Police say Rogers fabricated a hoax, in which she says 3 masked men forced their into her home on July 22nd.
From there, Rogers says they carved anti–gay slurs into her skin and tried to set her home on fire. Rogers claims it was a hate crime, based on her sexual orientation.
Her attorney, Brett McArthur, spoke on her behalf.
"You know, our hope is that the case will be dismissed, but our expectation is that the case will go to trial," McArthur said.
McArthur says they're now going over police reports, but didn't specify exactly what they're looking for.
"We're looking for pieces of forensic evidence that corroborates Charlie's explanation of what happened," McArthur said.
Rogers will be back in court in November. In the meantime, McArthur says she's staying optimistic.
"She's been incredibly strong, she's had a tremendous outpouring of support, and that's really helped lift Charlie up. But, she's been very, very strong through what's understandably a very difficult time for her."
ROGERS CHARGE OF FALSE REPORTING IS A MISDEMEANOR, CARRYING A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF NO MORE THAN ONE YEAR IN PRISON AND A THOUSAND DOLLAR FINE...
AGAIN, SHE'LL BE BACK IN COURT ON NOVEMBER 19TH.