Man Found Guilty in Abduction, Rape of SMU Student

Saturday, Dec 18, 2010  |  Updated 9:00 AM CDT
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Victim's Friend: Assault Destroyed Lives

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Victim's Friend: Assault Destroyed Lives

The friend of a sexual assault victim said he feels guilty that one of his best friends was abducted as she was getting into his car.
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A jury has found a man guilty in the abduction and gang rape of a Southern Methodist University student last year.

The Dallas Morning News reported that the panel found Arturo Arevalo guilty Friday after deliberating just 30 minutes. He will be sentenced by state District Judge Jennifer Balido and could face life in prison.

DNA evidence implicated Arevalo in the assault. He was one of three men charged in the December 2009 abduction and rape of the foreign exchange student. Testimony showed she was grabbed off the street as she was leaving a party and raped repeatedly in an SUV before being dumped near Fair Park.

One of Arevalo's co-defendants, Luis Zuniga, pleaded guilty earlier this week and testified against Arevalo. The other, Alfonso Zuniga, is awaiting trial.

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