The single charge pending against Jordan Johnson, former University of Montana Grizzlies quarterback, is sexual intercourse without consent.
On Friday, the jury hears closing arguments. Then, Judge Karen Townsend will give jurors specific instructions before they begin deliberations.
The jury must come to a unanimous decision.
Here’s the way cases in Missoula County District Court are typically resolved.
– A not guilty verdict: That outcome finishes this case, and the defendant is acquitted of the charges.
– A guilty verdict has a couple of possible outcomes. There could be a pre-sentence investigation and sentencing 45 days to two months after this verdict.
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The defense also could appeal the case to the Montana Supreme Court.
– A hung jury is any jury that’s less than unanimous, and it leads to a few possible outcomes. The judge could ask how far apart jurors are and request they continue deliberations. They might eventually reach unanimity.
Or the jury could remain hung. If it does, a status conference takes place within three weeks, and the judge asks the state if it plans to retry the case. Typically, prosecutors want to identify how close the jury was to a guilty verdict and base a decision to retry on that jury poll. Judge Townsend’s typical instructions include a note to the jury to not tell her how it was hung.
– Mistrial: Only in rare cases do courts declare mistrials.
The court made lunch provisions for the jury on Friday. If the jury continues discussions into the evening, the judge will decide how late jurors deliberate before going into the following day.