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DNA results may exonerate Duke lacrosse team

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DURHAM, N.C. - The district attorney investigating rape allegations against Duke's lacrosse team says he's still convinced a crime was committed. But attorneys say DNA tests results released Monday have seemingly exonerated team members of accusations that they gang raped an exotic dancer last month.

Prosecutors say DNA results can "can often be helpful" but aren't needed to prosecute a sexual assault case. Officials say they've found no D-N-A evidence to prove a woman's claim that she was raped by three Duke University lacrosse players.

But Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong says in three-quarters or more of all sexual assault cases there is no D-N-A evidence. Defense lawyers yesterday called for the rape case to be dropped, claiming the lack of D-N-A evidence proved the players are innocent. Nifong suggested today that prosecutors have other evidence and are waiting on results of more D-N-A tests. Police records show a doctor and forensic sexual assault nurse examined the woman and found evidence consistent with a rape.

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