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Husband indicted, charges dismissed for wife in Norfolk threesome rape case

NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) - A Norfolk grand jury had a split decision when it came to a husband and wife charged with rape.

Norfolk prosecutors say the victim met Monique Litchmore on social media.

On August 4, the woman, Litchmore and Litchmore's husband, Syed Stubbs, went clubbing. They all ended back at the couple's home on Peronne Avenue in Norfolk.

Prosecutors say the victim passed out and woke up as Stubbs was raping her. They say he also tried to force himself on her the next morning.

Stubbs and Litchmore had their cases advance from the preliminary hearing to a grand jury. The grand jury declined to indict Litchmore, but did indict her husband.

"I was ecstatic," said Litchmore's attorney Eric Korslund. "I was thrilled for my client. She has been through so much and I believe in her innocence."

"I was extremely surprised," added Stubbs' attorney, Andy Protogyrou.

Protogyrou says this is the first case in his 32 years as an attorney he can remember in which a grand jury returned a not true bill after a preliminary hearing.

"They were all in bed together, in fact her charges were equivalent to his charges and what makes it interesting is the only difference is he had male body parts and she didn't," Protogyrou said.

Defense attorneys say the sexual encounter was consensual. 

"I don't know how this could happen," Korslund said. "I share Mr. Protogyrou's confusion. It's very perplexing."

Korslund says Litchmore is glad she's no longer facing charges, but at the same time she's worried about her husband.  

"It's shocking," Protogyrou said. "It really makes you wonder when they went to the grand jury what did they say about the woman and what did they say about the man?"

Protogyou says he plans to file a motion to have Stubbs' charges dismissed.

Stubbs is a sailor assigned to the USS Kearsarge. He is out on bond. A trial date has not yet been set.


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