Miami-Dade County

Arraignment for ex-UM players charged with rape delayed

The arraignment for two ex-University of Miami football players accused of raping a fellow student on campus has been delayed again.

Prosecutors, asking for more time to decide whether to file formal charges, asked a judge to push back the hearing to Oct. 1. A first arraignment hearing in August was also pushed back.

Coral Gables police in July arrested JaWand Blue and Alexander Figueroa after a female student told detectives that the linebackers assaulted her in a dorm room after she had been drugged or intoxicated.

Police initially charged them with sexual battery. University officials immediately kicked them off the team and banned them from campus.

Blue, a former three-star recruit from West Boca Raton High, played in two games last season and registered one tackle. He finished the spring as the backup middle linebacker behind Denzel Perryman.

Figueroa, the son of military parents from Virginia, played in nine games last season and made two starts, registering 17 tackles. He ended the spring listed as a co-starter at outside linebacker along with Thurston Armbrister.

According to an arrest report, the two admitted to police they bought and provided alcoholic beverages for the woman before bringing her back to Figueroa’s dorm room, where they assaulted her.

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