Motions still filed day before jury selection in Johnson rape trial


MISSOULA, Mont. - One day before the jury selection starts for the rape trial for the former University of Montana starting quarterback, and both sides were still frantically filing motions, and holding hearings with the judge.

Late in the afternoon on Thursday prosecutors and defense attorneys were in a closed door meeting with the District Court Judge Karen Townsend, working out last minute details for Jordan Johnson's trial.

Many of the motions are under seal but we do know the defense is arguing for more character witnesses than the judge is permitting, when earlier this week Townsend said the defense could only call five character witnesses. Thursday Johnson's attorney asked for 10 instead, if time permits.

Jury selection is scheduled to start Friday morning at the Holiday Inn Downtown. The courthouse does not have a room large enough for the oversize potential juror pool, originally slotted to be about 400 people.

Johnson is accused of raping a friend in her home last February.

NBC Montana will keep you updated throughout the trial.

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