Three charged in attack on Badgers’ Montee Ball

3 men make initial appearances in court

A preliminary hearing is set for the three men accused of assaulting Wisconsin running back Montee Ball.

At a Dane County Court hearing Monday, a preliminary hearing was at for Oct. 2 for Wendell J. Venerable, Deonte J. Wilson and Robert A. Wilks.

The three University of Wisconsin-Madison students were arrested on suspicion of party to the crime of substantial battery.

Probable cause affidavits said a witness and surveillance video place the men in the area where Ball was attacked. Aug. 1.

Ball suffered a concussion during the early morning assault near campus.

The criminal complaint states witnesses identified the three men by looking at surveillance video from an apartment building.

Witnesses also told investigators they heard the attackers said they planned to target ten football players in retaliation for a previous fight at a party when one of them was hurt.

Wilson told WISC-TV he was wrongly accused and denied involvement in the attack.