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Monday, May 15, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: 3rd Indictment and DNA details

The most useful news on the Duke Lacrosse rape case comes from ABC News this morning:

A third indictment in the Duke University lacrosse team rape case is likely and it will involve the player identified with "90 percent certainty" by the alleged victim during a photo lineup, ABC News has learned...

No Semen on Swabs, No Blood on Plastic Nail

ABC News' Law & Justice Unit was given exclusive details about the latest DNA report in the Duke lacrosse rape investigation and was shown and reviewed parts of the 10-page document.

According to the DNA report, tests specifically designed to look for semen found none on swabs of the alleged victim's mouth or genital areas. This is noteworthy, defense lawyers said, because in at least one affidavit and in the transcript of the photo identification lineup, the alleged victim said she was raped orally, vaginally and anally by three members of the Duke men's lacrosse team.

Three Nonlacrosse Players in Report

Three men — none of them Duke lacrosse players and all of whose identities are known by ABC News — were listed in the report as providing DNA swabs to be tested against the samples found on the alleged victim.

DNA Found Was a 'Mixture,' No Clear-Cut Link


According to the report, the DNA found under the false fingernail was a mixture, containing more than one person's genetic material. The report suggests that one of the possible people in that genetic mixture was the alleged victim.

ABC News Exclusive: Possible Indictment of Third Duke Lacrosse Player and DNA Details [ABC News, May 15, 2006]

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