February date set for former UM quarterback's rape trial

2012-10-10T13:45:00Z February date set for former UM quarterback's rape trialMissoulian Helena Independent Record
October 10, 2012 1:45 pm  • 

MISSOULA — Former University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson’s rape trial is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Missoula County District Court.

The trial date is one year and four days past the Feb. 4 incident at a fellow student’s home that resulted in the charge of sexual intercourse without consent against Johnson.

During October, prosecutors and the defense are filing numerous responses to motions in the case. Paperwork that involves tens of thousands of text messages sent to and from the woman’s cellphone is being filed under seal for review by Missoula County District Court Judge Karen Townsend.

Prosecutors have requested a 500-person jury pool in the case, although the defense said a 100-person pool is more reasonable. While the prosecution said a trial could take as long as three weeks, the defense estimated only a week is needed.

Johnson was suspended from the UM football team after being charged. He and the woman continue to attend classes on campus, but remain under a civil no-contact order.

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