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A.J. Johnson gets separate trial from ex-Vols teammate Williams
Former Gainesville standout faces rape charge
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Former Tennessee and Gainesville High standout 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.

The Tennessean first reported the cases would be tried separately.

A.J. Johnson, through his attorney, 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 A.J. Johnson.

A.J. Johnson and Williams were indicted in February after being named as suspects in a rape investigation and suspended from the team in November. A.J. Johnson, who was a first-team All-SEC selection in 2013, has graduated and completed his eligibility. Williams, who played cornerback, also is no longer on Tennessee’s roster.

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