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Rape suspect's attorney: Case stuck at standstill

Updated: 06/05/2014 10:33 PM | Created: 06/05/2014 10:25 PM
By: Erica Zucco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Thursday, an attorney in a high profile rape case involving two UNM football players says he's revealing never-before-seen evidence because he believes the case isn't moving forward like it should be.

UNM football players SaQwan Edwards and Crusoe Gongbay and a third suspect, Ryan Ruff, are accused of taking turns raping a female on April 13. George Anthony Bleus, a pro-bono defense attorney for Ruff, says all three men are innocent, and he believes he has evidence to prove it, including a video.

"I can't describe exactly what's on the video - I'll save that for trial - but I suggest to you that had UNM police done their investigation…we may not even be here today," Bleus said.

Bleus says he's frustrated because nearly two months after the case, his client hasn't been arraigned and isn't a step closer to trial.

"I would like to see that the wheels of justice start to spin and that this matter is resolved so my client can move on with his life," Bleus said. "He is unable to work. Even something so simple as going to the store, people look at him like - hey, there's that rapist."

Thursday, Bleus showed reporters what he says is a gun that belongs to Ruff. Police say Ruff held a gun to the alleged victim's head, but Bleus says that never happened. Instead, Bleus says the alleged victim only knew Ruff had a gun in his car because she found it while looking for her cell phone. Bleus says he never turned the gun over to UNMPD because the department never asked.

UNM Police would not comment on an active investigation, but UNM administration released a statement Thursday reading:

"We are confident that our police department is handling the investigation appropriately. UNMPD will not publicly discuss the details of its investigation. We are concerned first and foremost for the integrity of the investigation so that justice can be served for all involved in this case.  We continue to ask that anyone with information about this incident, please contact UNMPD or submit a tip anonymously at police.unm.edu." 

 – University of New Mexico


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