Defendant In Mass. Bullying Cases Seeks Dismissal

One of the six former South Hadley High School students charged in connection with the suicide of a classmate in a high-profile bullying case has asked a judge to dismiss charges.

A lawyer for 19-year-old Austin Renaud filed a motion on Thursday in Hampshire Superior Court that said prosecutors did not provide "admissible and credible evidence" that Renaud raped 15-year-old Phoebe Prince. The motion says prosecutors did not "define the time, date or place of the alleged sexual assault."

Authorities say Prince hanged herself on Jan. 14, 2010 following bullying by six other students.

Renaud's lawyer also said some evidence in the case was withheld from the grand jury.

Renaud, who has pleaded not guilty, does not face any bullying charges.

His lawyer's motions will be argued Feb. 22.

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This program aired on February 11, 2011. The audio for this program is not available.


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