Indicted Duke Lacrosse Player Has Alibi--Updated
The story continues to surprise
.Around midnight the night of March 13, Seligmann was already at the party when two women hired from a local escort agency arrived to dance for the boys — $400 each for a two-hour performance. A series of time-stamped photographs viewed by ABC News show the girls dancing at midnight and at 12:02 a.m.
By 12:24 a.m., a receipt reviewed by ABC indicates that Seligmann's ATM card was used at a nearby Wachovia bank. In a written statement to the defense also reviewed by ABC, a cabdriver confirms picking up Seligmann and a friend a block and a half from the party, and driving them to the bank. By 12:25 a.m., he was making a phone call to a girlfriend out of state.
What did Seligmann do after leaving the bank? The taxi driver remembers taking him to a drive-thru fast-food restaurant and then dropping him off at his dorm. Duke University records show that Seligmann's card was used to gain entry at 12:46 a.m.
That looks like a pretty good alibi. Obviously it has to be checked out and documented, but ABC seems pretty sure of itself.
Update: La Shawn
points us to the indictments at The Smoking Gun
. What I found striking was this note on the request for sealed indictments
:....even if all charges were consolidated for judgment and the defendant were sentenced to the minimum sentence in the mitigated range, he would face a sentence of 144-182 months upon conviction.
Update II: BDP says the alibi for the first defendant
should make the DA hesitate to bring either defendant to trial.