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Mason Submits to DNA Tests

March 10, 1998

NEW YORK (AP) _ Charlotte Hornets forward Anthony Mason submitted blood for DNA testing to see if it matches samples from two underage girls he is accused of raping, the Queens District Attorney’s office said today.

Mason, who is charged with statutory rape, appeared at a hearing Monday in Criminal Court.

``He gave a blood sample for a DNA test to see if his DNA matches samples taken from the girls,″ said Mary de Bourbon, a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.

She said she doubted the results would be made public.

Another hearing was set for April 7 after defense lawyers and prosecutors said they needed more time to prepare for the case, the spokeswoman said.

The 31-year-old Mason and his cousin, William Duggins, 24, were charged last month with statutory rape and sexual abuse of two sisters, ages 14 and 15.

Prosecutors and detectives said Mason and Duggins met the girls during a benefit basketball game at York College on Feb. 6. They are accused of engaging in unspecified sexual activity and sexual intercourse during the drive to Duggins’ home and during a party at the house.

Mason, who played for the Knicks before being traded to Charlotte in 1996, was in town visiting family during the NBA All-Star game break.

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