MADISON (WKOW) -- Dane County's district attorney delayed filing criminal charges against three UW-Madison students in an attack on Badgers football star Montee Ball, citing missing police reports.
District Attorney Ismael Ozanne told a court commissioner Monday the filing of planned criminal charges against Wendell Venerable, Deonte Wilson, and Robert Wilks was delayed because not all of the police reports in last month's attack on Ball had been received by prosecutors.
Venerable, Wilson, and Wilks appeared in Dane County Monday. Their signature bonds were continued.
Ozanne says the initial appearance for the men on unspecified criminal charges would be scheduled for September 17.
According to probable cause affidavits, a witness and surveillance camera video place the men near Ball's attack around the time Ball was surprised by five people as he walked home on University Avenue August 1 around 2:00 a.m.
Officials say Ball suffered a concussion and other injuries.
In a post of his Facebook page, Wilson stated he was not involved in the attack.
Authorities say the attack on Ball was likely retaliation for a fight at an earlier party. Venerable was hurt and briefly hospitalized as a result of the fight. Authorities say Ball and other Badger football players were present, but say Ball was not involved in the fight.
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