Grand Jury to Consider Rape Charges Against ODU Athletes - Mace and Crown
Norfolk, Va. – Reid Evans Jr. and Markell Wilkins appeared in a Norfolk Genderal District Court Thursday, Dec. 20 facing alleged assault charges committed in June.
Judge Ray W. Dezern Jr. sent the charges to a grand jury after a four-hour hearing in which the two alleged victims testified they were assaulted after playing a drinking game in Evans’ dorm room in Whitehurst Hall.
The students and former football players are accused of multiple felony sex charges involving rape, sodomy, abduction and the use of date rape drugs.
During a preliminary hearing, Dezern certified two charges of rape against a helpless or incapacitated victim and two charges of conspiracy to commit rape against Evans and Wilkins, respectively.
Dezern withdrew eight other charges against Evans. His attorney said Evans was upset, having hoped all charges would have been dropped Thursday.
A third student, Jack Ly, was acquitted of charges when Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Sarah Rohn withdrew four charges and Dezern dropped six more. Dezern concluded the commonwealth’s attorney failed to present probable cause that a crime was committed by Ly.
“This should’ve been dropped a while ago,” said Ly moments after leaving the courtroom.
Evans, a starting wide receiver, and Wilkins, a starting cornerback, have been suspended indefinitely according to Head Coach Bobby Wilder.
The cases will be set for trial should a grand jury indict Evans and Wilkins on the charges. Both remain free on bond.
By: Charles Ordoqui & Derek Page
Assistant News Editor & News Editor