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UMass Rape Trial Postponed to Complete DNA Testing

(Top L to R: Justin King, Caleb Womack / Bottom L to R: Emmanuel Bile, Adam Liccardi)

(Top L to R: Justin King, Caleb Womack / Bottom L to R: Emmanuel Bile, Adam Liccardi)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — The trial of four teenagers charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her dorm room has been postponed so DNA testing can be completed.

The trial had been scheduled to start next month, but the prosecutor told Judge Bertha Josephson on Tuesday that DNA evidence tests have not been performed.

Josephson scheduled a status conference for Feb. 11 and took the case off the December trial list.

Lawyers for two of the defendants also asked the judge to dismiss their clients’ statements to investigators. The judge did not immediately rule.

The suspects –three from Pittsfield and one from Windsor Locks, Conn. — are charged with raping the student in her Amherst dorm room in October 2012. None was a UMass student, but they all knew the woman.

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