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The rape and sodomy accusations that rocked the Duke University lacrosse team, causing the coach to resign and the team's season to be cancelled, took a surprising turn when DNA test results failed to connect any of the 46 members of the team to the alleged victim.

Attorneys for members of the team said test results from the North Carolina crime lab prove their clients did not sexually assault and beat a stripper hired to perform at a March 13 team party.

"There is no DNA evidence that shows she was touched by any of these boys," said Joe Cheshire, an attorney for one of the team's captains. "They swabbed about every place they could possibly swab from her, in which there could be any DNA."

The alleged victim, a 27-year-old black student at nearby North Carolina Central University, told police she and another woman were hired to dance at the party and three white men dragged her into a bathroom, choked her, raped her and sodomized her.

Before the DNA test results were returned, attorneys said they had photographs of the alleged victim taken before the party showing that she was highly intoxicated and already had the injuries that she claimed happened during the party.

Meanwhile, District Attorney Mike Nifong said he plans to use other evidence to support the case, regardless of the DNA results. "I'm not saying it's over," he told the Raleigh News & Observer. "If that's what they expect, they will be sadly disappointed."

No charges have been filed in the case.

"The stance we've had throughout this whole ordeal is that we're waiting for the truth to come out," Amina Turner, the executive director of the state NAACP, told the Associated Press. "If we find out the allegations weren't true, we won't rush to judgment. We aren't holding the young lady's occupation against her; her occupation's not on trial."

See Also:
Attorneys: No DNA Match in Duke Scandal
Reactions to DNA Testing in Duke Lacrosse Team Case Mixed
Lawyers Attack Stripper's Credibility

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