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Sources: Second DNA Tests Link Accuser To Third Duke Lacrosse Player

Posted May 11, 2006
Updated December 9, 2006

— An exotic dancer who says she was gang-raped and beaten at a Duke lacrosse team party where she was hired to perform was given a test at a hospital to determine if she had a date-rape drug in her system, WRAL has learned.

The accuser, a 27-year-old single mother and student at North Carolina Central University, was treated shortly after the alleged attack on the morning of March 14 at Duke University Medical Center, according to court documents.

Legal experts said such a test is often performed at the request of a police officer. The results of that test, however, have not been made public.

Sources also confirmed with WRAL on Thursday that tissue found under a fake fingernail is a partial DNA match to a Duke lacrosse player who has not been charged in connection with the case.

The fingernail, found in a bathroom trash can, apparently belonged to the accuser, who told police that she clawed her attackers during the alleged struggle. The fingernail was taken from the house at 610 N. Buchanan Blvd., where the March 13 party was held.

Initial testing by the State Bureau of Investigation on 46 lacrosse athletes' DNA samples found no link between the dancer and the players. Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong sent various samples to a private lab for further testing.

Attorneys representing some of the players said they believe the latest preliminary results have no value to the rape case and that any player could have picked up the fingernail and thrown it away.

Nifong hopes to have a full report by Monday in time to take the case of the third player to a grand jury.

So far, two men have been indicted on charges of rape, sexual assault and kidnapping: Duke sophomores Reade Seligmann, 20, and Collin Finnerty, 19. The alleged victim positively identified them out of a Durham police photo lineup.

In a transcript of the lineup, obtained by WRAL on Wednesday, the accuser identified two other men as possible suspects -- one with 90 percent certainty. She said she was not certain, however, if the fourth man she identified was one of her attackers.
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