Pittsfield defendants due in court today in UMass rape case

Monday December 10, 2012

NORTHAMPTON (AP) -- All four teenagers accused of raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room in October are facing arraignment today.

Justin King and Emmanuel Bile, both 18 and from Pittsfield, and 17-year-old Caleb Womack of Windsor Locks, Conn., are scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Hampshire Superior Court on aggravated rape charges. A fourth suspect, 18-year-old Adam Liccardi of Pittsfield, is also in court today.

Three of the defendants are scheduled to be arraigned at 2 p.m., and a fourth is expected to be in court at 3 p.m.

The defendants are not UMass students.

Authorities say the woman knew the teens, but asked that they not visit. They were signed into the dorm by another student.

The suspects' lawyers have said the sex was consensual. They have pleaded not guilty.


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