Roommate of alleged victim testifies at Johnson trial
The trial for a former University of Montana quarterback accused of rape continued Thursday with testimony from the alleged victim's roommate.
Stephen Green told the court Thursday he didn’t know what to do when his roommate told him she’d been raped.
Green’s roommate accused Johnson of raping her in February 2012 when he came over to watch a movie. In court, attorneys asked Green to recount that night.
He told the court he knew Johnson was coming over that night and though he hadn't met Johnson prior to that evening, he knew who he was.
Green said he was playing a video game that night, when his roommate brought Johnson over, and the two were introduced briefly.
The next time he interacted with his roommate was when he received a text from her saying she had just been raped. Green said he texted her back, telling her to get out of there. But said he was in shock and didn’t know what to do. He didn’t go into her room to help and didn’t stop her from giving Johnson a ride home that night.
“I wanted to get her out of that situation but I didn’t know exactly what the best way to do that was,” said Green.
There were questions from both prosecution and defense attorneys about the way Green interpreted that text. At one point in a statement made to detectives Green questioned whether his roommate was exaggerating, but in court Thursday he testified that he doesn't believe it was an exaggeration.
The prosecution also called an educational witness Thursday.
Dr. David Lisak, was named and expert in the courtroom after providing his background as clinical psychologist. Prosecutor Joel Thompson asked Lisak to testify as an educational witness.
Lisak told the court he did not research the case at all ahead of time; he didn't interview the alleged victim or Johnson, and did no research of the case or Missoula. He told the court he's not speaking on the facts of this particular case but rather in general terms.
Thompson asked Lisak to discuss rape victim behavior, how a victim might act during and after a rape.
Johnson's attorney Kirsten Pabst got a chance to start questioning Lisak before the lunch recess as well. She asked about his credentials, whether he studied the case ahead of time, and too got into detail about victim behavior.
The courtroom was less crowded for Thursday’s testimony, but there were some notable faces in the crowd late in the afternoon. Grizzly Defensive Coordinator Ty Gregorak and a few football players showed up; they said they were there to support Johnson.
The trial resumes tomorrow morning. You can follow a live twitter feed here.