LINCOLN — A woman accused of making up a story of a gay hate crime that captured national attention waived her right to a speedy trial Thursday during a brief court hearing.
Charlie Rogers, 33, faces one misdemeanor count of false reporting after she said three masked men broke into her Lincoln home on July 22, bound her with zip ties and scrawled anti-gay slurs into her arms and abdomen. Lincoln police have said Rogers, a lesbian, staged the crime, which included spray painting more slurs on the walls and an attempt to set her Lincoln house on fire.
Rogers, a former standout basketball player for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has pleaded not guilty to the charge and has maintained the attack happened as she alleged.
During a status hearing Thursday in Lancaster County Court, Rogers waived her right to a speedy trial. A judge set another status hearing for Nov. 19.
Roger's lawyer, Brett McArthur, said he is still receiving and reviewing reports from investigators.
After Rogers reported the alleged attack, hundreds gathered at rallies in Lincoln and Omaha to show their support and demonstrate against hate crimes. National news websites posted reports about the case and it was much discussed in social media outlets.
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