Jury selection to continue Monday for Johnson trial


MISSOULA, Mont. - Jury selection for the trial of a former University of Montana quarterback will continue Monday morning.

More than 150 potential jurors packed a convention room for the rape trial of a former University of Montana quarterback.

Attorneys are still attempting to seat a jury. Questioning them 39 people at a time.
Jury selection got under way Friday morning in Missoula in the trial of Jordan Johnson, who is accused of raping an acquaintance while they watched a movie at her residence on Feb. 4, 2012.
Friday's proceedings took place in the Holiday Inn after District Judge Karen Townsend said no courtroom was large enough to hold the number of potential jurors called. 400 were originally contacted, but before the selection started that had already been cut more than in half.

Prosecutors were up first to question potential jurors. Many of those questions revolved around consensual sex and how they view rape. Several people replied 'no means no.'

Both sides were still questioning the pool late into the afternoon Friday and didn't wrap up. Selection will continue Monday morning in the Missoula County Courthouse. 12 jurors and five alternates are expected to be seated that day.

The trial is scheduled to last 11 days total.

NBC Montana will keep you updated.

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