Crime & Courts

UNC players tell of wild night of drinking in kidnapping, sexual battery case

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. -- University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill football players testified Monday about a wild night of drinking last December that they say ended with them trussed and sexually molested by a woman while a naked man roamed their apartment with a kitchen knife.

The testimony in Orange County court came during the trial of Michael Troy Lewis, 32. The Durham man is charged with first-degree kidnapping, robbery with a dangerous weapon, and conspiracy to kidnap, rob and sexually batter. Closing arguments are expected to begin this morning for the case, in which the defense put on no witnesses.

Also accused in the case are Jenise Taylor of Greenville, who was charged with resisting a public officer, three counts of first-degree kidnapping, three counts of felony conspiracy and three counts of first-degree sex offense. Tnika Monta Washington of Durham is charged with resisting a public officer.

Police found two of the Tar Heel football players in their boxer shorts, bound with belts, shoelaces and sound system wires shortly before 4 a.m. on Dec. 17. The events that led them there began the previous evening, when two players -- one of them underage at the time -- got together with Tar Heel center Lowell Dyer to celebrate his 21st birthday. The North Carolina football season was over for the year, and one of the players was set to graduate that weekend.

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