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Rocketta
May 15th, 2006, 10:17 PM
Third lacrosse player charged in Duke rape case

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A third Duke University lacrosse player was indicted on Monday on charges of raping a dancer at a team party and immediately declared his innocence, calling the allegations "fantastic lies."

David Evans, a co-captain of the lacrosse team, was charged with rape, sexual offense and kidnapping, the same charges brought last month against two teammates, Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty.

The accusations of rape brought by a black woman against the three white students at the elite U.S. university has captured attention of the U.S. media and some community activists, who are citing it as an example of racial and class tensions in Durham, North Carolina, where the school is located.

At a news conference, carried live on national television from outside the jail where he turned himself in, Evans said he had tried to provide prosecutors with evidence clearing himself and his teammates but had been turned away.

Surrounded by his teammates wearing business attire, Evans said he had taken a lie detector test that proved his innocence of the rape of the woman, who was hired to dance and strip at the party on March 13.

"I am innocent. Reade Seligmann is innocent. Collin Finnerty is innocent. Every member of the Duke University lacrosse team is innocent," Evans said. "You have all been told some fantastic lies and I look forward to seeing them unravel in the weeks to come ... the truth will come out."

The players' accuser, a 27-year-old mother of two hired to dance at an off-campus home shared by three of the players, told police the next day she had been raped by three white men.

The three played on the nationally ranked Duke lacrosse team. The coach resigned and the university canceled the team's season after weeks of community protests following the rape allegation.

The case has sparked wide U.S. media coverage of Duke, where the annual cost of tuition and board exceeds the average annual income of families in the city.

hablo
May 15th, 2006, 10:35 PM
This case is still alive ? :eek:
I guess they must have some kind of evidence, I guess we'll find out when this goes to court.

Kart
May 15th, 2006, 10:40 PM
The case has sparked wide U.S. media coverage of Duke, where the annual cost of tuition and board exceeds the average annual income of families in the city.

:eek:

firehorse
May 15th, 2006, 10:41 PM
yep...still alive...I just watched MSNBC and CNN ( never on FOX) that they found nail, etc...so many arguments saying thi is still a weak case....so lets see!!

Rocketta
May 15th, 2006, 10:43 PM
:eek:

yeah it costs I think between $40,000 & $50,000 :eek:

RVD
May 15th, 2006, 10:58 PM
Yeah, heard about this on the news yesterday, and I too was surprised that it was still going strong. Strangely enough, it's been sort of quiet over the last week until now. They should just get on with the case and get it over with. The more time that passes, the easier it will be for the guilty party (ies) to find a way to avoid prosecution. Which is probably what's goinf on.

TF Chipmunk
May 15th, 2006, 11:21 PM
Uh, they're not avoiding prosecution at all. I read on an MSNBC article that they DID find semen in the woman, but the DNA did not belong to any of the players, it actually belonged to another man whom she had sex with that night or some time before, and the police even know who the man is and have contacted him :o

So I mean, who are they (the prosecution) really trying to kid here? This case is a joke...

ptkten
May 16th, 2006, 07:26 AM
Uh, they're not avoiding prosecution at all. I read on an MSNBC article that they DID find semen in the woman, but the DNA did not belong to any of the players, it actually belonged to another man whom she had sex with that night or some time before, and the police even know who the man is and have contacted him :o

So I mean, who are they (the prosecution) really trying to kid here? This case is a joke...

agreed....there's no chance of conviction. The woman changed her story too many times.

Wigglytuff
May 16th, 2006, 07:56 AM
yeah it costs I think between $40,000 & $50,000 :eek:
that's not really that much. my undergrad school cost $36K when iwas a student back in 2003.