Yesterday the grand jury hand down two sealed indictments. Today Reade Seligmann and Collin Finnerty, two Duke lacrosse players were arrested in connection with the rape. The accuser is a 27-year-old mother of two who is enrolled at N.C. Central University and an exotic dancer.
The two players were led into Durham County Jail just before 5 a.m. today and were taken for booking in the magistrate’s office. A grand jury issued indictments Monday against the two players.
Finnerty is a sophomore from Garden City, N.Y.
Seligmann is a sophomore midfielder from Essex Falls, N.J.
2 Duke Lacrosse Players Are Arrested
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Two Duke University lacrosse players were arrested early Tuesday on charges of raping and kidnapping a stripper hired to dance at an off-campus party, and the district attorney said he hopes to charge a third person soon.
Defense attorneys have urged Nifong to drop the case, saying DNA tests failed to connect any of the 46 team members tested to the alleged victim.
But Nifong has argued that he has enough evidence to proceed. He has said 75 percent to 80 percent of rape prosecutions lack DNA evidence. According to court records, a medical examination of the woman found injuries consistent with rape. (AP)
Duke AD: Lacrosse coach warned last year about players’ behavior
DURHAM, N.C. – Duke University’s lacrosse coach was warned last year that his players had too many violations of the campus judicial code and he needed to “get them in line,” school officials said Monday.
Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said that Tallman Trask III, Duke’s executive vice president, reviewed the lacrosse team’s disciplinary record, then discussed his findings with Alleva.
“He said there were too many incidents, but there’s not enough incidents to make a drastic change in the program at this point in time,” Alleva said in an interview with The Herald-Sun of Durham. (Charlotte Observer)