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22-Year-Old Rape Case Headed to Grand Jury

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

March 24, 2006

The case against a Las Vegas man accused of raping a UVa student two decades ago is moving forward. Today a judge certified the charges against William Beebe.

Even 22 years later Liz Seccuro’s memory is vivid. The alleged victim in court Friday described in detail the night she says Beebe raped her.

“She was very nervous but...you could tell she had the strong will to face the man who raped her,” said former sorority sister Shannon Taylor Humphries.

Face to face for the first time in 20 years, Seccuro confronted the man she says raped her at a UVA fraternity party in 1984. Her sorority sisters all dressed in pink sat behind her at the preliminary hearing aligned in support. They knew Liz all those years ago.

“She kept it pretty tight lipped and wasn't real open about it. You could tell it was a painful subject for her,” said her former roommate Donna Wade.

Friday she wasn't tight-lipped but emotionally described in detail how Beebe and another man dragged her into a private room, how Beebe tore off her clothes and raped her. She said she sensed there may have been other people in the room or watching.

“She had finally moved on and then he chooses to contact her and open up the old wounds so here they are all over again,” said Wade.

The contact she is referring to is a letter Beebe allegedly sent a few months ago apologizing as part of an AA 12 step program. No word of that letter was mentioned in court today.

“Hopefully they can put it behind them for good this time,” said Wade.

Unfortunately this is just the beginning for Seccuro. The case is now headed to the grand jury on April 17.

Beebe could face life in prison if convicted.


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