LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Opening statements will begin Monday in the case of a woman charged with trying to extort University of Louisville basketball coach Rick Pitino, then lying about it to the FBI.
Attorneys will state their case to the jury in the trial of Karen Cunagin Sypher, before witnesses take the stand. Sypher is accused of demanding college tuition for her children, having her house paid off and $10 million for her silence.
The trial could sort out who’s telling the truth in the sordid case that dragged down the reputation of the coach, who leads one of the two biggest teams in Kentucky.
Prosecutors say they plan to use multiple witnesses, secretly recorded conversations and testimony from Pitino to prove Sypher is guilty.
Sypher has pleaded not guilty.