Deliberations begin in rape trial of ex-Tennessee players

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jurors have begun deliberating in the trial of two former University of Tennessee football players facing aggravated rape charges.

Prosecutors and defense lawyers gave their closing arguments Friday afternoon in the trial of A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams.

A woman says both defendants raped her at Johnson's apartment in the early morning hours of Nov. 16, 2014, after a Tennessee football victory over Kentucky. Johnson was a star linebacker and Williams was a defensive back for Tennessee at the time.

Both men were indicted on February 2015.

The prosecution rested its case Thursday afternoon. Lawyers for both defendants rested their case Friday without calling any witnesses.

Defense lawyers have said the woman had consensual sex with both men at the same time before lying that she was raped.

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