Trial to begin in UMass rape case

Jury selection expected to conclude Thursday

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NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – The trial of the first of four men charged with raping a UMass student is set to begin on Friday in Hampshire Superior Court.

Emmanuel Bile, of Pittsfield, is one of four men charged with raping a student in her Amherst dorm in October, 2012.

Trials for the other three men, Adam Liccardi, Caleb Womack and Justin King, have not yet been scheduled.

The suspects, all teenagers at the time, were not UMass students, but they knew the victim. Their lawyers maintain the sex was consensual.

The woman told police she drank alcohol and smoked marijuana with the defendants, and that she did not consent to the sex.

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