Charges have been dropped against four men accused of raping a woman and beating her boyfriend in Framingham.
The four men appeared in court on Thursday, charged with kidnapping, rape and assault.
The prosecutor said the victims, a man and a woman, would not go under oath to tell the same story they had told police.
The man and woman told police they were walking along a street when four men took the woman into building, raped her, held the man back and threatened their lives.
"Has insufficient evidence upon which to proceed with the prosecution of any of the charges pending against each of these four defendants, and based upon that information and that state of the evidence, the Commonwealth’s obligation at this time, given the state of the evidence and insufficient ability to prosecute, and to meet its burden in any trial that would occur, the Commonwealth moves to dismiss all charges," prosecutor Joseph Gentile said.
"Obviously the prosecution saw there was a problem, the prosecution as their duty, brought it to our attention and we all agreed there was a problem with the evidence," John Daly, defense attorney, said.
One man faces an unrelated drunk driving charge.
Defense attorneys said the men may have some immigration issues that may keep them behind bars for now.
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