Woman who recanted rape accusation faces perjury charge

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by Velma Scaife, 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on February 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 19 at 7:01 PM

HAMPTON -- The woman who was at the center of the case of a wrongly-convicted man was in Hampton District Court Tuesday on a perjury charge.

Elizabeth Coast waived her right to a preliminary trial for felony perjury charges.  It will now go to the Grand Jury to be certified for trial.

Coast recanted her sexual assault allegation against Johnathon Montgomery, saying she lied at the 2008 trial to avoid scrutiny by her parents after she was caught looking for sexually explicit websites.

Governor Bob McDonnell issued a conditional pardon for Montgomery in November, 2012 and ordered his immediate release from the prison.

Montgomery spent 4 years in Greensville Correctional Center after being wrongfully convicted.

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