- The Washington Times - Monday, May 15, 2006

2:15 p.m.

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) - 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 captain from Bethesda, Md., was indicted on charges of first-degree forcible rape, sexual offense and kidnapping. Two other players were indicted on the same charges last month.

Mr. Evans’ attorney, Joseph Cheshire, didn’t immediately comment on the indictment but told reporters to gather outside the Durham County magistrate’s office at 2 p.m. That’s where 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.

The charges followed a March 13 party at an off-campus house, 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.

Mr. Evans, who in the past had been cited for a noise ordinance violation and alcohol possession, lived at the house where the party was held. 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.

The rape allegations led Duke to cancel 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.

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