Torrey Green rape case headed for 3-week jury trial

Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green appears in the First District court on Thursday, the second day of a three-day preliminary hearing. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape.

LOGAN — The case against Torrey Green is headed for a three week jury trial in January. The 25-year-old former Utah State University football player is charged with raping seven women while he was a student.

Green appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He was previously charged with seven counts of rape, a first-degree felony. Six of the charges were later consolidated into one case because of the similarity of the allegations. He has pleaded not guilty to both charges.

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro told the court they are readying for trial. She explained that attorneys for both sides are working on final stipulations, to keep the jury trial focused on the evidence of the six alleged victims.

State attorney Spencer Walsh said prosecutors have provided Lazaro a list of all their exhibits and witnesses they intend to use during the trial. He is awaiting a similar list from her.

The trial will be held in Brigham City. In March, Judge Cannell ordered the change of venue, saying that Green may not receive a fair trial in Cache County because of the recent sex assault allegations at USU.

The victims have claimed they each met Green through a dating app or on campus. They described how they were raped by the defendant shortly after meeting him. All but one of the assaults took place at his apartment, between November 2013 and November 2015.

Green is being held in the Cache County jail without the opportunity to post bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in October 2016.

During Tuesday’s final pre-trial conference, Judge Brian Cannell said he looks forward to moving the case along. He explained that the court will likely call 150 potential jurors.

Jury selection will take place January 4. Opening statements will be on January 7.


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