Jury finds former Griz QB Johnson not guilty of rape

MISSOULA COUNTY

emily1 By Emily Adamson, KECI Reporter, eadamson@keci.com
POSTED: 10:35 AM Mar 11 2013   UPDATED: 8:10 PM Mar 01 2013
Johnson Verdict
MISSOULA, Mont. -

A jury of seven women and five men decided former University of Montana Grizzly quarterback Jordan Johnson is not guilty of rape.

The high-profile trial was scheduled to last 11 days, but Friday marked day 12.

Johnson was accused of raping a friend in her home on February 4, 2012. The woman testified as the prosecutors first witness, telling the jury she told Johnson no, but he wouldn’t stop.

Johnson testified in his own defense, telling the court ‘she never said no.’ He repeatedly said if the woman had told him to stop, he would have.
In mid-March 2012 the woman filed a restraining order against Johnson, and he was suspended from the football team. That order was dropped and a civil no contact order was put in place at the end of March 2012 and Johnson returned to practice.

But in July, when he was charged with sexual intercourse without consent Johnson was suspended from the team indefinitely.  He pleaded not guilty to the charge in August.

NBC Montana will keep you updated on this story.