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Johnson Gets Separate Trial From Ex-Vols Teammate Williams

Posted at 1:42 PM, Jul 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-07 09:00:57-04

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson will be tried separately from ex-Volunteers teammate Michael Williams as both men face aggravated rape charges.

Stephen Ross Johnson, a lawyer representing A.J. Johnson, said Wednesday his client's trial is now scheduled for Sept. 29. Williams has an Aug. 24 trial date.

Johnson had filed a motion for a separate trial in May. The motion said Williams "made out-of-court statements referencing Mr. Johnson" and indicated the statements shouldn't be admissible against Johnson.

Johnson and Williams were indicted in February after being named as suspects in a rape investigation and suspended from the team in November. Johnson has graduated and completed his eligibility. Williams, who played cornerback, also is no longer on Tennessee's roster.

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