DA: Not enough evidence to prosecute in UNM rape case

Attorneys Evidence will prove rape suspects’ innocence

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – District Attorney Kari Brandenburg issued a statement Wednesday morning stating there is not enough evidence to prosecute two UNM football players and a CNM student accused of raping a woman earlier this year.

Crusoe Gongbay, SaQwan Edwards and Ryan Ruff were accused of gang-raping the woman after a party. Edwards and Gongbay were cut from the UNM football team, but were reinstated Tuesday.

In the statement Brandenburg said, “After reviewing the evidence in the alleged sexual assault case, our office has determined not to move forward with the criminal prosecution of the three defendants. We have determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt before a jury or a judge.”

The charges were dismissed without prejudice and could be refiled.

UNM will continue to investigate whether or not any of the parties involved violated the code of conduct. If it is determined any of them have, the UNM students could face punishment such as probation or expulsion from the university.

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