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Defense Pours Over Evidence in BYU Rape Case

Defense Pours Over Evidence in BYU Rape Case



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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Prosecutors have shared with defense attorney the evidence gathered in the case of four former Brigham Young University students charged in a rape case.

Among that evidence was 770 pages of reports and records from both the police investigation and the BYU Honor Code office.

Also shared with defense attorneys were videotapes of interviews conducted with the defendants, and videotaped statements by BYU coaches, including former head coach Gary Crowton.

Karland Bennett, Ibrahim Rashada, and BJ Mathis were indicted by a grand jury earlier this month. Another man who was 17 when the alleged rape took place is being tried in juvenile court.

All face two counts of aggravated sexual assault. Those charges are punishable in adult court by 12-and-a-half years to life in prison. Penalties are handled differently in juvenile court.

The charges stem from an allegation by a 17-year-old girl that she had been raped in August by several men in a Provo apartment.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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