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Ballentine returns to Kansas to testify in murder trial one day after making NFL debut

New York Giants cornerback Corey Ballentine has testified at a preliminary hearing about the fatal shooting of his best friend and former Washburn University teammate.

Ballentine testified Monday, a day after making his NFL debut.  He was wounded April 27th in Topeka in the shooting that killed 23-year-old Dwane Simmons, just hours after the Giants drafted Ballentine.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports Ballentine testified in a preliminary hearing for 18-year-old Alejandro Mendez, of Topeka, who is charged with first-degree murder and 11 other counts.  He recounted how he, Simmons and others were standing outside a house when a car stopped nearby and began firing at the group.

Simmons, a defensive back who would have been a senior this fall, was killed.  Ballentine was shot in the buttocks.

After the hearing, Mendez was bound over for trial.

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