Jurors Get Case of Former Football Players Accused of Rape

Jurors Get Case of Former Football Players Accused of Rape

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(KSL News) -- Jurors will begin deliberating tomorrow the fate of two former BYU football players accused of rape.

BJ Mathis and Ibrahim Rashada are accused of giving alcohol to a then 17-year old girl and the sexually assaulting her, in an off campus apartment.

Today both the prosecution and the defense gave their closing arguments to the jury. The defense says it was consensual, the prosecution calls it rape.

Donna Kelly, Prosecutor: "We are very happy for the jury to decide that issue. The evidence overwhelmingly supports our case."

Jere Reneer, Defense Attorney: "I think we've shown through the presentation of evidence, including their own witnesses, that's what it still comes down to."

The judge did dismiss the count of dealing in harmful material to a minor, ruling that prosecutors failed to show either Mathis or Rashada had any involvement in showing a pornographic DVD to the victim.

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