Report: Lab results counter accuser's story
Posted: Wednesday May 26, 2004 9:33PM; Updated: Thursday May 27, 2004 9:25AM
DENVER (Reuters) -- Evidence from the prosecution's own laboratory could support a defense theory that Kobe Bryant's accuser had sex with another man only hours after she said the basketball star raped her last summer, MSNBC reported on Wednesday.
The DNA evidence from the prosecution's own laboratory could be introduced in court as early as Thursday when the Los Angeles Laker will be back in an Eagle, Colo., courtroom for a pretrial hearing, the cable TV report said.
Bryant's lawyer, Pamela Mackey, laid a bombshell in a prior pretrial hearing when she suggested the 19-year-old woman had sex within hours after she said she was raped.
Through her attorney, the young woman denied having sex so soon after she said she was raped on June 30 at a Colorado resort where she worked and Bryant was staying for outpatient surgery on his knee.
According to the MSNBC report, fresh sperm and semen samples were found inside the woman's body from samples given during a rape examination and that such evidence would prove she had sex within hours after the incident with Bryant.
Krista Flannigan, a spokeswoman for Eagle County prosecutor Mark Hurlbert, said the office could not comment on the report. A gag order is in place. The woman's attorney also did not return a telephone call.
The 25-year-old Bryant, who has pleaded not guilty to raping the woman, has said the two had consensual sex.
If the woman did have consensual sex soon after she said she was raped by Bryant, that would contradict her statements to police who were investigating the case.
Prosecutors have said that DNA from someone other than Bryant was found on the underwear the woman wore when she went to the hospital and was the result of mistakenly putting on soiled underwear that had DNA from an earlier sexual episode.
However, the DNA sample taken from her body could refute that line of thinking.
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