Attorney for former Vol A.J. Johnson files motion to separate trial from co-defendant

A.J. Johnson (source: KCSO)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – Attorneys for former UT football player A.J. Johnson have filed a motion to separate his rape trial from that of former UT football player Michael Williams.

Johnson, 23, and Williams, 21, are charged as co-defendants in the case and have both pleaded not guilty.

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In a court filing, Johnson’s attorney alleges that statements Williams made out of court about Johnson are not admissible against Johnson and could create prejudice in the case.

The case began the morning of Nov. 16, 2014, when a 19-year-old woman reported being forcibly raped by Johnson and Williams at a large gathering at The Woodlands Apartment Complex in South Knoxville.

Another 19-year-old said she was sexually assaulted by Williams, but refused to press charges.



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