Witness: Woman in Cleaves sex assault case screamed for help

Mug shot of Mateen Cleaves. (March 16, 2016)
Mug shot of Mateen Cleaves. (March 16, 2016)

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A witness says a woman was crying and screaming while former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves twice forced her back into a Flint-area motel room.

A judge is hearing testimony Tuesday to determine if Cleaves goes to trial on sexual assault charges.

Coleen Dowdall recalled what she saw at the Knights Inn in Mundy Township in September 2015. She says she heard yelling and opened her door.

Dowdall says Cleaves was naked while trying to pull a woman back into a room. She says moments later the scene was repeated, with Cleaves still naked and the woman wearing a bra and underwear.

Michigan State's Mateen Cleaves celebrates after the Spartans beat Kentucky 73-66 in the NCAA Midwest Regional final in St. Louis Sunday, March 21, 1999. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)
Michigan State’s Mateen Cleaves celebrates after the Spartans beat Kentucky 73-66 in the NCAA Midwest Regional final in St. Louis Sunday, March 21, 1999. (AP Photo/Cliff Schiappa)

Dowdall says the woman was screaming.

A 911 call was played in court Tuesday, and the judge also watched a video.

Cleaves has pleaded not guilty.