Though Sabres forward Evander Kane has pleaded not guilty to charges alleging he grabbed three women during an altercation at a downtown bar in June, prosecutors continue building their case against him.
On Friday, an Erie County assistant district attorney submitted a disposition to Judge Barbara Johnson-Lee from a Buffalo police officer supporting the evidence of trespassing the night Kane was arrested. The deposition states the bar had security staffing its entrance and exit the night Kane was arrested.
The deposition was presented during Kane’s first appearance in Buffalo City Court since he pleaded not guilty last month to four counts of non-criminal harassment, one count of disorderly conduct and a count of misdemeanour trespass.
The 25-year-old Kane is accused of grabbing the women by the hair and neck during separate encounters inside the bar in the early hours of June 24. The trespassing charge is the most serious by legal standards, and stems from an altercation Kane allegedly had with two bouncers while he was being forcibly removed from the bar.
Upon leaving court, Kane’s lawyer, Paul Cambria, said he has had no discussions with the district attorney to reach a plea agreement.
Kane’s next scheduled court appearance is Oct. 31. The Sabres season opener is October 13 against Montreal.