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Draft Scout A.J. Johnson News
10/14/15 - RB Chris Johnson has gained 405 yards rushing, tied for second most in the NFL. Johnson and Kansas City's Jamaal Charles are tied for the NFL lead in average yards per carry, 5.1, among players with at least 70 attempts.
05/06/15 - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson is seeking a separate trial from suspended Volunteers cornerback Michael Williams as both men face aggravated rape charges. Lawyers representing Johnson filed a motion Friday asking to sever the trials of the two defendants. The motion says Williams "made out of court statements referencing Mr. Johnson" and indicates the statements shouldn't be admissible against Johnson. Johnson's attorney, Tom Dillard, said in a statement that "it is not out of the ordinary in criminal cases to seek separate trials when multiple persons are charged, given the rules of evidence and constitutional issues involved." 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. - AP Sports
03/09/15 - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and suspended Tennessee defensive back Michael Williams have pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape charges. Johnson and Williams were arraigned Monday after being indicted last month by a grand jury. Trial was set for Aug. 24. Johnson and Williams were suspended from Tennessee's football team in November, one day before Knoxville police named both as subjects of a rape investigation. Johnson has since graduated and completed his eligibility. Lawyers for both players have said their clients are innocent of the charges.
"What I've said before, I'll say again," said David Eldridge, the lawyer representing Williams. "He's innocent of the charges and we will defend them in court." Tom Dillard, the lawyer representing Johnson, declined comment Monday aside from pointing out that his client had pleaded not guilty. When Johnson turned himself in last month, Dillard issued a statement saying Johnson "has fully cooperated throughout this investigation, has maintained his innocence from the beginning, and looks forward to being cleared of these accusations so that he can begin to put his life back together." Johnson and Williams are charged with raping a woman at a Knoxville apartment in November. The Associated Press does not identify people who say they are victims of sexual abuse. - AP Sports
03/08/15 - Former University of Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson and ex-teammate Michael Williams will appear in Knox County Criminal Court on Monday where both are expected to enter not guilty pleas in connection with a sexual assault on a UT student last November. Attorneys for each of the men have maintained that the two fully cooperated with the investigation, and did nothing wrong. The attorneys have said their clients are looking forward to putting their lives back together. During Monday's arraignment, Knox County Criminal Court Judge Bobby McGee will formally read the charges against the men, and then let them enter a guilty or not guilty plea. The arraignment isn't expected to take long.
Johnson, 23, and Williams, 21, turned themselves over to authorities last month after a grand jury indicted them each on two counts of aggravated rape. Johnson graduated from the university in December and was an NFL draft hopeful. He lost his invitation to the NFL combine after his indictment became public. Williams is enrolled at the university for the spring semester, but remains suspended indefinitely from the football team. - WBIR-TV
02/17/15 - Former Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson has turned himself in on a charge of aggravated rape. The Knox County Sheriff's Office issued a release saying Johnson had turned himself in Tuesday and was released on $40,000 bond. Suspended Tennessee defensive back Michael Williams also is charged with aggravated rape. Knoxville police had named both Johnson and Williams in November as subjects of a rape investigation. A grand jury heard the case last week. David Eldridge, the lawyer representing Williams, said Thursday his client was indicted and also had been released on $40,000 bond. "Mr. Johnson has fully cooperated throughout this investigation, has maintained his innocence from the beginning, and looks forward to being cleared of these accusations so that he can begin to put his life back together," said Tom Dillard, the lawyer representing Johnson.
Eldridge had issued a statement Thursday saying Williams was "innocent of these charges" and "is confident that when all the evidence is presented there, he will be exonerated." Johnson had been on the list of players invited to this week's NFL Scouting Combine. The NFL announced it had withdrawn that invitation Friday, one day after the Knoxville News-Sentinel reported that Johnson was being indicted. The police report released in November said that Knoxville police investigator Tim Riddle spoke to two 19-year-old women on Nov. 16 at the University of Tennessee Medical Center at about 4:30 a.m. One woman said Johnson and Williams raped her at the apartment complex. A second woman said she was sexually assaulted by Williams at the same location. - AP Sports