The trial of a former University of Mississippi football player accused of raping a fellow student has been postponed for the first time in more than a decade.
The trial of former University at Buffalo football player Darrion Owens is set to resume Wednesday.
The defense is asking a judge to hold off on the trial until after the trial of two other players accused of the attack.
Defense attorneys have argued that the trial could not proceed without the release of a video showing the alleged victim.
Prosecutors have countered that video is still being analyzed and released, and the video could reveal new evidence.
In a statement, the defense said they have not received the video and they will not be releasing it until Owens’ trial is completed.
Prosecutors are asking a federal judge to order the defense to release Owens’ video in exchange for the judge’s order.
The case has been a political football in Mississippi since the accused student filed a lawsuit against the university in November 2016.
The trial was set to start in December.
The University of Buffalo has not released any information about the alleged rape, including whether the woman was an athlete or a student, but the university has said it was aware of the case.
In the statement, university president John Curley said the university “stands with the victim and will continue to provide support to her through the trial process.”
The case comes after a federal appeals court struck down the university’s decision to withhold transcripts of the testimony of the alleged rapist, a man who remains on campus despite being expelled from the school.