Cal Poly football players, former frat president make court appearances

Five Cal Poly football players charged with attempting to rob a fraternity last summer will appear in court for a preliminary hearing in January.

Meanwhile, a former president of that fraternity pleaded not guilty Tuesday to two drug-related charges.

The football players — Kristaan Ivory, 20; Cameron Akins, 19; Cortland Fort, 20; Dominique Love, 19; and Jake Brito, 18, were scheduled for a pretrial hearing Wednesday, at which time a preliminary hearing was confirmed for Jan. 12. During the preliminary hearing, the prosecution will present some of the evidence in the case.

The District Attorney’s Office alleges that the players attempted to rob the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house with a gun on Aug. 10. All of the players have pleaded not guilty.

While no motive has been revealed, the criminal complaint alleges that Akins brandished a gun during the robbery attempt and demanded money and drugs from residents of the house.

Not long after they were charged, former Delta Sigma Phi president Gear Thomas McMillan, 22, was charged with possession of marijuana for sale and possession for sale of a controlled substance.

Prosecutors have not linked the two cases at this point. McMillan previously disputed the implication that drugs might have been a motive in the robbery attempt. McMillan will appear in court for a pretrial hearing Nov. 20.

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