Rape trial set to start for former UT Vols
The rape trial for former Vols A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams is scheduled to start Monday in Knox County Criminal Court.
Johnson and Williams are accused of raping a University of Tennessee coed in Johnson's room during a party at Johnson's South Knoxville apartment in November 2014. The men say they're innocent and allege the young woman had had consensual sex with Johnson in the past.
Jury selection is set to start about 1 p.m. Monday after lawyers complete final pre-trial motions.
The case has been hard fought in Criminal Court, with defense attorneys seeking access to the cell phone data and social media accounts of the alleged victim and others who knew her.
The state appellate court ultimately granted the defendants access to the information.
The alleged victim, a former UT athlete, appeared in May at a hearing before Judge Bob McGee. The judge closed the hearing to the public.
Both Johnson, a former star linebacker, and Williams are charged with two counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aiding and abetting in connection to the allegations.
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