Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Roethlisberger Investigation Unraveling?

Andy Sheehan of KDKA-TV is reporting that the investigation of the sexual assault against Pittsburgh Steeler quarterback Ben Roethlisberger may be hitting a dead end. A 20 year-old college student has accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in the bathroom of a Georgia bar on March 5, 2010.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation originally requested a blood sample from Roethlisberger for purposes of DNA testing. According to Roethlisberger's attorney, Ed Garland, the police are no longer requesting a blood sample from Roethlisberger.

Normally, the police would have physical evidence if they request a DNA sample. There must be something to compare the DNA sample with. Now that the police no longer need a DNA sample indicates that the police do not have physical evidence to make a comparison. The original request may have been premature and could cause serious problems for the prosecution down the road.

KDKA's Sheehan is also reporting that the alleged victim is no longer cooperating with authorities. Apparently she failed to show up for a police interview last week and has not been interviewed since the initial complaint. Without the victim's cooperation this case is going nowhere.

First, it is disclosed that there is no physical evidence linking Roethlisberger with any crime and later it is learned that the alleged victim is uncooperative. Neither is fatal by itself but together they make the filing of criminal charges extremely unlikely.

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