No DNA in Gang-Rape Case of 7-Year-Old NJ Girl

Tuesday, Jun 8, 2010  |  Updated 10:42 AM EDT
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No DNA in Gang-Rape Case of 7-Year-Old NJ Girl

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Prosecutors say the lack of evidence won't cripple their case.

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Preliminary DNA tests found no evidence of semen on the 7-year-old New Jersey girl who police claim was gang raped after her stepsister sold her for sex.

In a court document obtained by The Associated Press, assistant Mercer County prosecutor Jennifer Downing said the lack of DNA will not cripple the state's case against two men and three teenagers.

Downing said the state will not seek to try the juveniles as adults. The prosecution also has asked a judge to reduce bail for 20-year-old Gregory Leary and 19-year-old Timear Lewis to $75,000.

Leary's lawyer, Robin Lord, told The Times of Trenton the 7-year-old fabricated the claim because she was in trouble for running away with her 15-year-old stepsister on March 30.

The prosecution has offered plea deals to the juveniles in exchange for their testimony against the adults. Downing said she wants to resolve the juvenile cases before offering plea deals to the adults.

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