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A Third Duke Lacrosse Player Has Been Indicted

Nifong is insane.

From the DNC’s Associated Press:

David Evans, right, senior captain of the Duke lacrosse team, stands with his parents, Rae and David Evans, before his indictment.

3rd Member of Duke Lacrosse Team Indicted

By AARON BEARD, Associated Press Writer

DURHAM, N.C. – A grand jury indicted a third member of Duke University’s lacrosse team Monday on charges stemming from a woman’s allegations she was raped and beaten at a team party earlier this year.

David Evans, a 23-year-old senior and team co-captain from Bethesda, Md., was indicted on charges of rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. Two other players were indicted on the same charges last month.

"I am absolutely innocent of all the charges brought against me," Evans said outside the Durham County magistrate’s office Monday afternoon. "These allegations are lies. Fabricated. And they will be proven wrong."

Evans, who lived in the off-campus house where the party was held, said his own attorneys had given him a polygraph test. He said his two teammates charged in the case were innocent as well.

Sophomores Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., turned themselves in last month following their indictments; Seligmann is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday.

The charges against the three followed a March 13 party where a 27-year-old black student at nearby North Carolina Central University told police she was raped and beaten by three white men after she and another woman were hired as strippers.

Defense attorneys have insisted all the players are innocent and have cited DNA tests they say found no conclusive match between any of the team’s white players and the accuser.

As Evans spoke Monday, senior members of the lacrosse team stood with him but didn’t discuss the allegations. His attorney, Joseph Cheshire, said Evans was there to turn himself in and that he expected he would be released.

"This has been a very difficult time for the university. This has been a very difficult time for the team," Cheshire said.

Cheshire said the accuser identified Evans with "90 percent certainty" during a photo identification lineup that defense attorneys have criticized as improper. He said the accuser told police she would be 100 percent sure of the identification if Evans had a mustache — something he said Evans has never had.

"These boys have been chopped up in the process," Cheshire said. "They are victims. Their families are victims. This community is a victim and the justice system is a victim."

The allegations against the Duke athletes led to protests in Durham and drew criticism from national civil rights activists, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who said last month that his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition would pay the woman’s college tuition.

Duke cancelled the rest of the lacrosse team’s season and accept the resignation of coach Mike Pressler. Duke President Richard Brodhead also initiated a series of internal investigations, one of which concluded administrators were slow to react to the scandal in part because of initial doubts about the accuser’s credibility.

Evans had previously been cited for a noise ordinance violation and alcohol possession, and last week, prosecutors said that by hosting the party, he violated the terms of an agreement that would have dismissed those charges. A judge reinstated the alcohol charge, Evans’ attorney entered a plea on his behalf, and Evans was fined $100.

On Sunday, Evans was among the lacrosse team seniors listed in the graduation program, as a candidate for a bachelor of arts degree.

Several students at the ceremony wore Seligmann’s and Finnerty’s jersey numbers on their mortarboard caps. Provost Peter Lange, meanwhile, blamed the "sad events and relentless media coverage" of the case for tarnishing the school’s image.

Simply insane.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, May 15th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

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