NORTHAMPTON, Massachusetts — A judge has refused to move the trials of the last two defendants accused of raping a University of Massachusetts Amherst student almost three years ago.
Attorneys for 21-year-old Adam Liccardi of Pittsfield and 20-year-old Caleb Womack of Windsor Locks, Connecticut, say they can't get fair trials in Hampshire County because of extensive media coverage.
Liccardi's trial is to begin Aug. 24.
Two other men have been convicted and sentenced to prison for raping the student in her dorm room Oct. 13, 2012. Liccardi and those two men said the sex was consensual.
Womack denies having sex with the woman.
None of the men were UMass students, but all knew the woman, who had told them not to visit. Another student let them into the dorm.
The case led to an overhaul of dorm security