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Updated Lacrosse Timeline

We meant to post this the other day and forgot: here's an updated lacrosse timeline with a few new items added in.


  • Jarriel Johnson has sex with AV, which he originally dated incorrectly.


  • Johnson drove AV to "an appointment" at the Wakefield Holiday
    Inn Express, then later to Platinum Strip Club in Hillsborough. Then he
    drives her to the Millennium Hotel for "a job," arriving at 5:15
    A.M. Call them appointments or jobs, they were sexual encounters of some nature.
    If they were sexual encounters as a job, draw your own conclusions.


  • AV "performed" for a couple in a hotel using a sex toy (as far
    as we can tell, this happened on the 13th).


  • The alleged assault took place at the lacrosse party.
  • At 1:22 a.m. on March 14, Sgt. John Shelton of the Durham Police
    Department was called to a Kroger supermarket, and he found the woman passed
    out in a Honda Accord.
  • He ordered his officers to take her to Durham Access, a 24-hour mental
    health facility where intoxicated people can be held. She was checked out by
    the supervisor, a staff nurse and a security guard.
  • "During the check-in process, the victim was asked if something had
    happened to her and she said yes," Officer Joseph Stewart wrote in his
    report. "She was then asked if she had been raped and she stated
    yes." A registered nurse at Durham Access said the woman was incoherent
    and her responses appeared "as if she were psychologically hurt,"
    Stewart wrote. The nurse said the accuser's answers were "more of a
    traumatic response rather than a drunk response, because her thoughts were
    broken but logical, due to her trying to hold on to reality."
  • Officer Willie Barfield then took the woman to the Duke Hospital emergency
    room, Barfield wrote in his notes. At the Duke emergency room, Sgt. Shelton
    met again with the woman, and according to Shelton's notes, the woman said
    the men groped her, but that no one forced her to have sex.
  • The woman, however, also spoke with Officer Gwendolyn Sutton and told her
    that she'd "ended up in the bathroom with five guys who forced her to
    have intercourse and perform sexual acts."
  • A registered nurse at Duke examined the woman for injuries, swabbed her
    for DNA evidence and wrote an account of her story.
  • The woman told the nurse that she was taken into a bathroom where three
    men - Adam, Brett and Matt - raped her anally, vaginally and orally, using
    racial and sexual slurs while they assaulted her. They didn't use condoms
    and threatened to kill her if she didn't comply, the woman said, according
    to the nurse's notes.
  • The nurse's report noted diffuse swelling of the vaginal walls, but it
    made no mention of bruises, tears or abrasion to either the vagina or the
    anus. The nurse noted a non-bleeding scratch on the woman's right knee and a
    cut on her right heel. A doctor at Duke noted a scratched heel, but no other
    signs of physical assault.
  • The Durham Police Department knew the identity of the 911 caller by the



  • Search warrant issued. Also, first photo lineup attempted, w/ AV
    looking for Matt, Adam, and Brett. For every suspect, five
    "filler" photos were used. AV could not identify her alleged
  • Sergeant Gottlieb & Officer Benjamin W. Himan went to AV’s house.
    According to Himan's notes, she described all three as chubby or heavy.
    Adam: “white male, short, red cheeks fluffy hair chubby face, brn.”
    Matt: “Heavy set short haircut 260-270.” Bret: “Chubby.” But
    according to Gottleib, she had them as "1) W/M, young, blonde hair,
    baby faced, tall and lean, 2) W/M, medium height (5’8”+ with Himan’s
    build), dark hair medium build, and had red (rose colored) cheeks, and the
    third suspect as being a W/M, 6+ feet, large build with dark hair.”
    New York Times


  • Nifong issues subpoena for AV's medical information after the alleged
  • Kim Roberts interviewed. Denies a rape took places and calls AV's charges
    "a crock."


  • Nifong's subpoena served.
  • Sgt. Gottlieb interviews sexual assault nurse Tara Levicy
  • Five days after she'd tried and failed to pick her assailants out of a
    photo lineup, the accuser showed up at the police station again. She met
    again with investigators Benjamin Himan and Richard Clayton. "I asked
    her questions trying to follow up on a better description of the
    suspects," Himan wrote in his notes. "She was unable to remember
    anything further about the suspects."
  • Police showed the accuser two more sets of photos, 12 players in all.
  • "She could not identify any of the pictures in the photo array,"
    Clayton wrote in his notes. "She again stated the photos looked the
  • Police had shown the accuser photos of 36 of the 46 white Duke lacrosse
    players. She hadn't identified any of them as her assailants.
  • McClatchy
    Washington Bureau 08092006 Duke Lacrosse rape case full of contradictions


  • Kim Roberts calls accusation of rape "a crock."


  • Investigator Himan (under the supervision of Nifong) included the
    following (false) sworn statement in a probable cause affidavit issued March
    23 in support of an Identification Order that compelled 46 members of the
    Duke lacrosse team to give DNA samples and submit to being photographed:
    "Medical records and interviews that were obtained by a subpoena
    revealed the victim had signs, symptoms, and injuries consistent with being
    raped and sexually assaulted vaginally and anally. Furthermore, the SANE
    nurse stated the injuries and her behavior were consistent with a traumatic
    The Editors' Blog - Error in Duke lacrosse story Sunday
  • The district attorney's office asked a judge to order all 46 white players
    to sit for mug shots (for their current hair styles and complexion), upper
    torso photographs (for evidence of scratches from the accuser) and mouth
    swabbings (for DNA testing).McClatchy
    Washington Bureau 08092006 Duke Lacrosse rape case full of contradictions


  • Ruth Sheehan
    rips lax team in N&O
  • Nifong's first public comments - interviews w/ MSNBC, WRAL, and NBC-17 -
    confident DNA would identify assailants.
  • In a probable cause affidavit, Det. Himan writes that AV showed clear
    signs of being sexually assaulted.


  • More comments from Nifong on the case.


  • MSNBC:“The circumstances of the case are not suggestive of the alternate
    explanation that has been suggested by some of the members of the situation.
    There is evidence of trauma in the victim’s vaginal area that was noted
    when she was examined by a nurse at the hospital.”
    The Editors' Blog - Error in Duke lacrosse story Sunday


  • AV's Medical records related to the alleged assault are printed, dated,
    and stamped for compliance with the Heath Insurance Portability and
    Accountability Act..
  • Nifong now suggests that DNA is not necessarily the end-all and be-all,
    and suggests that a condom may have been used. However, on March 14,
    AV told medical personnel that no condoms were used, a fact which either
    Nifong should have known, or which he deliberately obfuscated.
    Incompetence or simply a liar?


  • District Attorney Nifong sat down with Himan and Sgt. Mark Gottlieb,
    another investigator, to discuss a new lineup. According to Gottlieb's
    notes, Nifong suggested that instead of a lineup or photographic array,
    they'd ask the accuser to look at each picture and recall if she'd seen the
    person at the party.
  • The lineup Nifong suggested violated the Durham Police Department
    guidelines, which call for photographic arrays to include at least five
    non-suspects for every suspect in the lineup. Police and prosecutors had
    named all 46 players as suspects. The guidelines also call for an
    independent administrator to conduct the lineup, not an investigator in the
  • McClatchy
    Washington Bureau 08092006 Duke Lacrosse rape case full of contradictions
  • With the deck stacked thusly, the accuser had no chance of identifying a
    "filler picture." In starker terms, the D.A. was assured that if
    she picked anyone, she would pick lacrosse players.
  • Nifong’s Mar 31 videoed “chokehold demonstration” after the
    complainant, in at least one medical exam interview, had indicated that she
    was not choked and after Nifong’s Mar 30 CBS video interview where he did
    not list the charge of Felonious Strangulation (that charge was previously
    dropped by Nifong)
    The Editors' Blog - Error in Duke lacrosse story Sunday



  • Michelle Soucie wrote her memorandum which told Nifong how much a second
    round of DNA tests would cost at the private Burlington facility, thus
    suggesting that he knew he had no match and would have to try again.
  • Lineup photos perused at Northgate Mall. The AV identified four
    suspects, something she had not done in any of her previous versions of the
    alleged rape (she had said various numbers of men raped her, but not four).
    She said Reade Seligmann "sort of" looked like someone who had
    attacked her, and said that after seeing a photo of David Evans, that it
    resembled someone with a mustache had had participated in the alleged event.
    As we understand it, Duke lacrosse, as a policy, did not allow facial hair.


  • Det. Himan finally obtains medical records


  • Written statement for police by AV
  • Jarriel Johnson statement confirming sex w/ AV & saying he had driven
    her to "appointments" at hotels.


  • Nifong turned over the DNA results to the defense attorneys, who went
    public with the apparent results. We're assuming of course that they
    weren't lying, but if they were, they could lose their licenses.



  • Kim Roberts' bond personally reduced by Nifong
  • Seligmann & Finnerty indicted


  • Reade Seligmann and Colin Finnerty indicted


  • Kim Roberts e-mail to P.R. firm



  • District Attorney Democratic Primary results -
    Mike Nifong- 11,168 45%
    Freda Black- 10,269 42%
    Keith Bishop-- 3,288 13%



  • David Evans indicted



7 Kirk Osborn files motion accusing Nifong, et. al., of misleading
court about strength of medical test.




  • Judge Titus issues sua sponte ruling (gag order)
  • Sgt. Gottlieb's file delivered to defense.


  • Sgt. Gottlieb involved in altercation at Raleigh bar.