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Feb 26, 2013 9:17 AM by Irina Cates - KPAX News

Defense presenting case in Jordan Johnson rape trial

MISSOULA - The prosecution rested Monday, and suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson, who is accused of rape, took the witness stand in his own defense.

Johnson told the jury he wanted them to hear his side of the story because he's waited a long time to tell it.

"Because that's what happened and people deserve to know," he testified.

One of Johnson's defense attorney's, Kirsten Pabst questioned Johnson for nearly an hour, to establish who he is for the jury.

Johnson talked about his childhood, his love of sports, his friends, his roommates and his relationship with his father.

"Um, it's special. Because....(long pause). I was lucky enough to have him as my coach in high school football, so I think we are a lot closer than most father and sons."

He also talked about his volunteer efforts in the community, such as reading to children and coaching Little Grizzly football.

Johnson: "[It's] Just a football camp for kids that are in elementary school and middle school."

Pabst: "Did you enjoy that?"

Johnson: "Yes."

Pabst: "Do you like working with the little guys?"

Johnson: "Yeah."

Once the questions turned to the alleged victim, Johnson said the two met during the spring semester of his freshman year and became friends.

Johnson will testify about what happened the night of the alleged rape when the trial resumes on Wednesday.

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