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Feb 22, 2013 12:11 PM by Mark Thorsell - KPAX News

Johnson rape trial continues as defense calls witnesses

MISSOULA - The prosecution paused its case Friday morning during the eighth day of the rape trial of suspended University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson.

Friday began with the taped interview that Johnson gave to Missoula Police wrapping up. The defense was then allowed to call witnesses to the stand that who will have to leave Missoula due to prior commitments.

Prosecutors will then resume their arguments.

The first person called by the defense was a forensic gynecologist, who was asked about the alleged rape. But at that point, Judge Karen Townsend ordered the media to clear the courtroom.

The high-profile case began two weeks with the alleged victim taking the stand and has continued into the eighth day with numerous objections filed by attorneys on both sides of the case.

Johnson is accused of raping a University of Montana student in her home in February of 2012, but defense attorneys have said the sex was consensual.

Reporter Irina Cates is at the courthouse and we'll have more on this developing story as information becomes available.

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