University of Nebraska Regent Jack Stark appeared in a Douglas County court on Tuesday for his preliminary hearing on witness tampering charges in a sexual assault case against gym owner and women’s bodybuilding coach Douglas Anders.
The 74-year old Stark was arrested in August for allegedly telling former Nebraska football player Willie Miller by text to “not show up” as a witness in Anders’ case August of last year.
The defense asked County Judge Craig McDermott to dismiss the charge because Miller had not yet been subpoenaed when Stark sent the text. Prosecutors say Stark knew Miller would be called as a witness and was a week later.
Judge McDermott has taken Stark’s case under advisement, meaning he has not decided whether or not to bring the case to trial. He said he’ll take up the case again next month after both sides have submitted their briefs.
Stark is a popular sports psychologist who worked with some of the great Husker football teams in the 1990s. He was elected a university Regent last year.