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Accused rapist found not guilty

TAMPA — Acquitted on rape charges, Amos M. Busby walked free early Thursday after three years in jail.

During a trial this week, a 35-year-old woman testified that Busby attacked and repeatedly raped her in August 2005 after she left the Green Iguana nightclub at 402 S West Shore Blvd. She could not identify the man, but DNA analysts matched semen from the scene to Busby.

Busby's attorneys, Joseph Caimano and Dion Hancock, said the sex was consensual. Assistant State Attorney Rita Peters said she argued that the victim "had been violated in every way."

Jurors deliberated for about three hours Wednesday evening before finding Busby, 38, not guilty on seven counts of sexual battery and one count of kidnapping. He could have faced life in prison if convicted.

Accused rapist found not guilty 12/18/08 [Last modified: Friday, December 26, 2008 9:37pm]
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