Originally created 12/16/06

Paternity of baby to be tested



DURHAM, N.C. - A judge ordered a paternity test on a baby expected by the woman who has accused three Duke lacrosse players of rape on Friday. But both the district attorney and the defense rejected any possibility that one of the men is the father.

News of the accuser's pregnancy comes roughly nine months after the team party where she says she was raped.

Defense attorney Joseph Cheshire said it is an "absolute impossibility" that she got pregnant during the alleged attack.

Cheshire said the woman was given a pregnancy test immediately after reporting she was raped, which came back negative.

Also Friday, DNA Security Inc., lab director Dr. Brian Meehan admitted in court that he violated his own procedures and withheld results showing none of the players' DNA was found on or in the woman's body.

The report released in May omitted information about people the DNA tests excluded, including the fact that no genetic material from any member of the lacrosse team was among that from several male samples found in the accuser's underwear and body.