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3d Duke lacrosse player indicted in rape

DURHAM, N.C. -- A Duke University lacrosse team captain became the third player indicted in the rape scandal yesterday and the first to speak out, blasting the charges against him as ''fantastic lies."

''I look forward to watching them unravel in the weeks to come," said David Evans, 23, who recently graduated was one of four team captains.

At a news conference, Evans of Bethesda, Md., was backed by other players and his mother, Rae, who is the chairwoman of the Ladies Professional Golf Association of Directors and founder and president of Evans Capitol Group, a Washington lobbying firm.

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.

Evans also proclaimed the innocence of sophomores Reade Seligmann, 20, of Essex Fells, N.J., and Collin Finnerty, 19, of Garden City, N.Y., who were indicted last month on the same charges.

District Attorney Mike Nifong said he did not expect any more indictments in the case, saying the three players facing charges were the only ones implicated by the evidence.

Defense attorneys have insisted all the players are not guilty, citing DNA tests they say found no match between any of the players and the accuser.

Evans's attorney, Joseph Cheshire, said the accuser identified Evans with ''90 percent certainty" during a photo lineup.

Cheshire said the accuser told police she would be 100 percent sure if Evans had a mustache -- something he said his client has never had.

Evans turned himself in after the news conference and was released after posting a $400,000 bond.

He was scheduled to make an initial appearance today, but Cheshire said his client would probably waive it.

Evans, who lived at the house where the party was held, was indicted on charges of first-degree forcible rape, sexual offense, and kidnapping.

In the past, he had been cited for a noise ordinance violation and alcohol possession.

He said that he and his roommates helped police find evidence at the house, and that he gave investigators access to his e-mail and instant messenger accounts.

He said that his offer to take a lie-detector test was rejected by authorities, and that he later took one on his own and passed.

''You have all been told some fantastic lies," he said at the news conference.

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