Vikings' Smoot, McKinnie heading for boat-party trial

MINNEAPOLIS -- Two Minnesota Vikings players are headed for trial this spring on charges stemming from a boat cruise on Lake Minnetonka.

The trial for Fred Smoot is scheduled to begin May 30 while Bryant McKinnie is slated to go on trial July 7. Both players are charged with misdemeanor disorderly conduct, indecent conduct, and lewd and lascivious behavior.

Neither player appeared in court Wednesday for a hearing that was expected to deal with defense motions to dismiss charges.

Last month, former Vikings running back Moe Williams was convicted of disorderly conduct in connection with the cruise. Similar charges against former Minnesota quarterback Daunte Culpepper were dismissed.

In Williams' trial, the prosecution described the Oct. 6 cruise as a raunchy party in which women on the boat changed into thong underwear and bras, gave players lap dances and, in some cases, stripped naked.