Torrey Green testifies during his rape trial, Tuesday, Jan.15, 2019 in Brigham City, Utah. Green is accused of raping multiple women while he was a football player at Utah State University. (Eli Lucero/Court Pool via AP)
LOGAN — The seventh rape trial for Torrey Green has been postponed so the 26-year-old former Utah State football player can have more time to prepare his defense. The trial was scheduled to take place in February.
Green appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He is charged with rape, a first-degree felony.
After meeting with attorneys for both sides in his chambers, Judge Brian Cannell said he had been told that Green wanted the trial date moved. He expressed concern about the postponement but said the defendant had the right to formulate the best defense possible.
Judge Cannell said he also discussed with attorneys what he would allow to be included as evidence in the trial, after ruling previously that prosecutors can’t use Green’s prior convictions. He also planned to call a pool of 100 citizens to select a jury.
Prosecutors claim this seventh case involved a woman who was raped by Green, while he was living in a downtown Logan apartment. The assault allegedly happened at a party where alcohol had been consumed.
The alleged victim testified previously during a preliminary hearing that she met Green at a party and found him at first to be a little bit pushy. For several months they texted each other. On the night of November 21, 2015, she and several of her friends were invited to a party at the defendant’s apartment. Later in the night, he took her to his bedroom, where the two started kissing. He then started taking her clothes off as she resisted.
The woman claimed that she tried to leave but the bedroom door was locked. Green allegedly then held her down on his bed and started raping her. The assault continued until someone knocked on the door, giving her time to put her pants back on and leave the room.
Green has claimed that the relationship was consensual and not reported until he was drafted in the NFL. He has pleaded not guilty.
During Tuesday morning’s court appearance, Judge Cannell rescheduled the trial to begin May 5. He ordered attorneys for both sides to appear April 6 for a final pre-trial conference.
In March, Green was given the maximum prison sentence for raping or sexually assaulting the six other women, after a jury found him guilty in January. He was ordered to serve between 26-years-to-life behind bars.