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Woman Accused of Harassing Hawkeye Lineman Found Guilty
By Anna Lothson
IOWA CITY- An Iowa City woman charged with harassing University of Iowa defensive lineman Adrian Clayborn has been found guilty.
Brittney Mears, 22, was found guilty of third-degree of harassment by a jury, according to Johnson County District Court Documents filed Monday.
But Mears' attorney Stephen Greenleaf of Iowa City requested a new trial, stating that the jury was not properly instructed and the verdict was not supported by the evidence.
Greenleaf also said there wasn't enough proof that Mears had specific intent to intimidate or harm Clayborn.
According to a criminal complaint, Mears was sitting in the first row behind the Iowa bench during the Arkansas State game on Oct. 3 and repeatedly called out Clayborn's name throughout the first three quarters.
The police report said Clayborn became "distracted and annoyed" by Mears' actions during Saturday's game. She was removed from the stadium.
Mears had been given a warning on more than one occasion for harassment for driving past Clayborn's place of work while staring at him, and sending him a vulgar text message to his phone in July, according to court documents.