Hearing set for UNLV’s Tre’Von Willis in domestic battery case


Mona Shield Payne / Special to the Sun

Attorney Steve Wolfson appears before Justice Court Judge Randall F. Weed representing UNLV basketball star Tre’Von Willis, who was not present, on a felony domestic violence charge during Willis’ arraignment hearing Tuesday at Henderson Justice Court.

Tre'Von Willis' booking photo after his arrest by Henderson Police.

Tre'Von Willis' booking photo after his arrest by Henderson Police.

A preliminary hearing on a charge of domestic violence filed against UNLV basketball player Tre'Von Willis has been set for November.

Willis' attorney, Steven Wolfson, appeared on his behalf at an arraignment hearing this morning in Henderson Justice Court, where the preliminary hearing was set for Nov. 22. Willis wasn't in court.

Willis, 22, was arrested in June after an alleged altercation with a female acquaintance at a Henderson apartment. He was released from the Henderson Detention Center shortly after his arrest upon posting bond of $18,637.

He is charged with one felony count of battery constituting domestic violence-strangulation. He is also facing a misdemeanor charge of coercion, which is set for further proceedings in Henderson Municipal Court on Sept. 22.

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Attorney Steve Wolfson speaks to the media following the arraignment hearing for his client, UNLV basketball star Tre'Von Willis, who was not present Tuesday at Henderson Justice Court.

Willis has denied to police that any altercation took place, according to an arrest report.

After the brief hearing this morning, Wolfson asked for patience with the case and said "not all of the facts have come out."

"The police did a preliminary investigation and that is what is the basis of the charges," Wolfson said. "We're doing our own investigation and I'm confident that when all the facts and the truth comes out, that Tre'Von will play basketball this year for UNLV, have a great year, perhaps be the leading scorer again and have a great future."

Police said a woman, identified as 28-year-old Skye Sanders, reported the alleged attack about 3 a.m. June 29 at the Wild Horse Apartments, 2338 N. Green Valley Parkway. Sanders reportedly told officers she and Willis had been in a dating relationship for more than a year.

Authorities said the two began arguing because Sanders was sending text messages to her friends instead of spending time with Willis. A physical altercation then took place, police said, during which Willis allegedly choked Sanders.

Upon his arrest, Willis made a voluntary statement to police that he had been at the apartment with Sanders and they had a verbal argument, not a physical altercation, authorities said.

On July 21, Willis pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charge of coercion in connection with the alleged incident.

Willis, a Fresno, Calif., native, was a first-team all-Mountain West performer last season after averaging 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists for the Rebels.

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  1. I don't think the Rebels have anyone to replace the 17.2 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists. Let him go.

  2. november 22 for the preliminary hearing.

    that is good news.

    the season will be over by the time this gets to a jury trial.

    although i doubt it goes that far.

  3. Agreed, True_Fan. Looks like it is going to drag on past the season so he should be able to play no matter what the outcome.

  4. yes. i'd agree that it is highly likely that tre will play most, if not all of the season no matter what the outcome of the case is.

    the question now becomes, how will tre respond to this hanging over his head all winter.

    you know the chants from the student sections and signs directed at tre are coming when we go on the road this year.

    he's going to have to keep a very cool head, and not let any random comments get him flustered.

    i think he can do it. but it will be a challenge to manage all that.

    tre is the type of player that can feed off of that type of crowd hostility. he'll need to anticipate what will be waiting for him on the road.....especially in conference play.

  5. coach tark would be proud; unlv basketball- book 'em dano!

  6. On a side note.....Any updates on that multimillion dollar practice facility? Is that under construction yet? When is that supposed to be completed? We will need that as a recruiting tool for next year when we have a lot of roster spots to fill.

  7. construction has started!

    i think it will be finished within a year.

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  9. Let's just get this out of the way for all the haters out there:

    Please noted that before any of these things Tre is being charged with, it says "allegedly." That means that someone is saying he did something, but it has not been proven and it is not known whether and evidence will show that he committed this crime. So, as was stated ad nauseum in other discussion boards, let's reserve judgment until everything comes out and not immediately brand him a criminal, thug, etc... So, in response to dipstick's comment, I will only repeat his name: dipstick... I rest my case.

    As for basketball, it does look like he'll be able to play for most/all. I wouldn't be shocked to see a short suspension to open the season. Crowds will be tough on the road, but like TRUE pointed out, I think Tre sort of feeds off of that.

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  11. dont feel too bad miguel, notre dame football program has the same deserved reputation. all of their players are' alledgely' innocent before being found guilty. its the BMOC syndrome and its not unique to unlv, the BS is all over the nation, my man.

  12. Sweet! I guess Rebel fans can cheer for the slow justice system! Nov. 22 is about 5 months after the altercation took place. Is that how long felonies usually take to reach its preliminary hearing? That's disturbing. But that's okay in this case! Go Rebs!

  13. The courts are swamped, so yes, that is not unusual, especially if you have a good lawyer.

    I'm not a Willis apologist - if he's guilty, he should pay, both on and off the court - but I don't see any favoritism with his case.

  14. I'm hearing that the female in this case is pregnant and was at the time the incident took place.

    If this is true, how is this going to affect Tre'Von in this case? Will it be made out to look like he attacked her after finding out she was pregnant with his child?