Former Newman player set for trial on drug charges

02/27/2012 5:00 AM

02/27/2012 5:57 PM

A former Newman women’s basketball player is scheduled to stand trial on drug charges in April.

Alex Adekunle has been charged with five counts of unlawful cultivation or distribution of a controlled substance stemming from her Dec. 7, 2011, arrest. Another Newman women’s basketball player, Kellindra Zackery, was also arrested Dec. 7 and charged with four counts. Zackery’s case is still under review by the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office.

Zackery was also arrested the next day for driving on a suspended license. Both players were suspended from the team following their arrests.

Adekunle waived her right to a preliminary hearing on Feb. 8 and is set for a jury trial April 30.

A criminal complaint against Adekunle alleges she sold cocaine on April 15 and April 29, cocaine and marijuana on May 4 and cocaine again on May 5.

Adekunle, who transferred to Newman from Oral Roberts, was suspended from Newman at the beginning of February after the school completed its own internal investigation, according to Newman director of communications Kelly Snedden, but given the option to re-apply. Zackery is enrolled in school but not living on campus and taking online classes, Snedden said.

Zackery transferred to Newman from Labette Community College, where she played for current Newman coach Jaime Green. Zackery started her college career at Rutgers, then transferred to South Carolina before landing at Labette.

Newman, the Heartland Conference regular-season champion, hosts the league tournament beginning Friday.

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