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Trial Date Set for William Beebe

By: Lisa Ferrari
By: Lisa Ferrari

April 17, 2006

The Las Vegas man accused of raping a University of Virginia student over 20 years ago will stand trial.

Monday a grand jury came back with a two count indictment against William Beebe.

The grand jury believes there is enough evidence to prosecute Beebe and now a jury will ultimately decide whether he is guilty of rape.

As for the alleged victim, Liz Seccuro is eager to see justice done.

“I don't think the word is 'happy' because there is a bunch of lives being ruined by this but I am pleased with the jury’s decision and the judge’s decision, yes,” said Seccuro.

The case grabbed national attention when years later Beebe, a recovering alcoholic, apologized for the alleged rape in a letter of remorse.

He writes to Seccuro in an e-mail, “I am not intentionally minimizing the fact of having raped you."

“He chose to track me down and find me and...I couldn't have just chosen to ignore this,” said Seccuro.

Now a jury will decide if that letter amounts to a confession and if Beebe should be sent to prison.

Seccuro was told by UVa officials she couldn't prosecute in 1984. Now she's glad that justice slow in coming has finally arrived.

“Do I feel a sense of relief that the true justice system addressing it now? Of course. But it’s difficult [with a family] 20 years down the road,” said Seccuro.

A jury will begin hearing the evidence in this case on November 27, 2006 and the trial is expected to last four days.

Beebe could face life in prison if convicted.


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