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Witness: Boise State’s Lucero ‘in a rage’ before arrest

The girlfriend of Boise State football player David Lucero accused him of grabbing her neck and applying pressure at a 7 on a 1-10 scale, the prosecutor told the judge at Lucero’s arraignment Wednesday.

The alleged victim is a Boise State student-athlete (the Idaho Statesman is withholding her name).

She and Lucero had been dating for up to a year, Lucero’s attorney, Jon Cox, told the judge.

Bond was set at $25,000 and Judge Michael Oths ordered Lucero not to make contact with the woman. The state had asked for a $250,000 bond. Lucero posted bond and was released from jail less than an hour after the arraignment.

Lucero was arrested Tuesday morning. The incident occurred Monday night.

According to the prosecutor, a neighbor heard the woman yelling “stop” and “help” and called police.

“That led the neighbor to believe someone inside was going to kill the other person,” the prosecutor said.

The victim was crying, had red marks on her neck and had a hoarse voice when police arrived.

A roommate was interviewed, the prosecutor said, and reported that Lucero “was in a rage and had to be physically restrained from attacking the victim as well as destroying property in the room.”

“The defendant denied physically grabbing the neck of the victim,” the prosecutor said, “but did admit to destroying property and consuming alcohol.”

Cox noted that Lucero is a student-athlete at Boise State and although he is indefinitely suspended from the football team, he will be able to continue classes.

Cox also told the judge that Lucero left his residence but returned when he was told the Boise Police wanted to talk to him. The police left without making an arrest. They arrested Lucero later in the day at Boise State, Cox said.

Oths said it was “reasonable to allow (Lucero) to continue to go to Boise State if he’s able to bond out.” But he also told Lucero not to have any contact with the woman and to remove himself if he accidentally gets within 100 feet of her.

“We take the no-contact order very seriously,” Oths told Lucero, who appeared by video from the Ada County Jail.

Lucero, a redshirt freshman, has appeared in nine games this season. He has four catches for 63 yards as the fifth man in the tight end rotation.