Aug 21, 2012 7:04 AM by Irina Cates - MTN News

Jordan Johnson's defense wants rape charge dropped

MISSOULA - Jordan Johnson's defense attorneys want their client's rape charge dropped unless the prosecution releases more evidence to them.

Johnson, a former University of Montana Griz quarterback, is accused of raping a UM student in February.

In court documents filed in district court on Monday, Johnson's attorneys say they don't have most of the evidence that they've requested from the prosecutors. They say they left a message for the prosecuting attorney last Friday, but she never returned their call.

The defense wants evidence including police interviews with the alleged victim and the witnesses in this case. They also want text messages, emails, names and addresses of all the witnesses in this case and the alleged victim's school and medical records and an interview with her as soon as possible.

Johnson's attorneys say if the requested information is not released immediately, they want the charge against their client dismissed based on the disadvantage for the defense.

"Not only is the State jeopardizing Johnson's defense by failing to produce discovery, but the State is jeopardizing this Court's deadlines," Johnson's defense attorneys said in court documents. "Because the State had failed to produce discovery in this matter, defense counsel is working with an incomplete file and cannot possibly anticipate all the motions that will need to be filed based on all the available evidence."


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