Mar 4, 2013 12:46 PM by MTN News - Missoula

Alternate juror discusses Jordan Johnson rape trial

MISSOULA - After a jury acquitted suspended University of Montana football player Jordan Johnson of rape on Friday, we talked with one of the alternate jurors in the case.

It only took the 12 men and women a little over two hours to reach that not guilty verdict. The alternate juror says he wasn't allowed in the room when the jury was deliberating.

He wishes to remain unidentified, but tells us he isn't surprised Johnson was found not guilty.

"The lack of evidence was troubling. The alleged victim's mixed messages and comments to friends cast doubt on allegations. The alleged victim even questioned events of the evening and there was no evidence that Jordan Johnson knew that he had sex without consent," he said.

The juror also said that there just wasn't enough evidence in the prosecution's case to show Johnson had raped the woman, and that's why a not guilty verdict came down so quickly.

"I mean it was a pretty straight forward case. You can judge by the quick and unanimous verdict that the state failed Jordan Johnson by bringing this case to trial," he said.

Even though Johnson is acquitted of all charges, he is indefinitely suspended by the University of Montana, and must appeal in order to get reinstated. He would have to sit out another season before taking the field again if he decides to transfer to another school.

Reported by; Robin O'Day


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