ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Lawyers for Ryan Ruff, one of three young men accused of raping a UNM student in a BMW, say there’s evidence that will clear the suspects in the case.
“Through the investigation we have developed concrete evidence that the complainant in this matter has lied to police and lied to UNM,” said Susan Burgess-Farrell, an attorney representing Ruff.
Burgess-Farrell also said numerous witnesses have given sworn testimony casting doubt on the account listed in the criminal complaints.
The woman told UNM Police Lobo football cornerback SaQwan Edwards, running back Crusoe Gongbay and CNM student Ryan Ruff got her into Ruff’s BMW outside of a party two weeks ago and then took turns raping her.
Ruff’s attorneys also said UNM PD has botched the case from the beginning.
Tuesday night, UNM Police asked the public for help finding the BMW so they could collect evidence from it.
“We were unable to locate that,” said Lt. Tim Stump. “We have had information about it, but not enough to help us find that vehicle so we are still looking for it.”
Attorney George Anthony Bleus, who is assisting with the defense pro bono, says UNM PD could have tracked down his car a long time ago.
“This vehicle–ever since Mr. Ruff presented himself in connection with this case–has always been available,” he said. “It’s been, what, three weeks now? And they’re looking for this vehicle still? The vehicle’s outside right now.”
After the news conference, KRQE News 13 asked Stump if UNM PD ever asked Ruff for the BMW.
He said they didn’t because Ruff invoked his 5th Amendment rights, but wouldn’t answer any other questions about the investigation.
Also on Wednesday, Edwards faced a judge in his first appearance.
“I can assure the court that I booked this case very carefully, and I have in my possession a piece of forensic evidence that’s strongly indicative of Mr. Edwards’ innocence,” Edwards’ attorney Paul Kennedy told the judge.
Kennedy wouldn’t say what evidence he has.