Former wrestler Zumhofe's bid to delay sex assault trial denied

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A Kandiyohi County judge in Willmar Thursday denied a request to delay the criminal sexual conduct trial of former professional wrestler Buck "Rock n' Roll" Zumhofe, Forum News Service reports.

The 62-year-old Zumhofe, whose real name is Eugene Otto Zumhofe, attempted to delay his trial in an effort to locate witnesses to testify in his defense.

Charges against Zumhofe were filed in May. He pleaded not guilty in July and was freed after posting $50,000 conditional bail. Zumhofe, of Cyrus, faces 12 counts of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct after being accused of having sexual contact with a young woman about 1,800 times between 1999 and 2011, Forum News Service says.

The West Central Tribune says Kandiyohi Assistant County Attorney Nathan Midolo objected to Zumhofe's request because the trial has already been delayed numerous times. Midolo said the prosecution has witnesses coming in from four states for the trial, which starts Wednesday – some of them are flying in and have booked tickets and made motel reservations already.

Zumhofe reportedly served a 36-month prison sentence at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Stillwater after being convicted of criminal sexual conduct in Carver County in 1989.

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