Jordan Johnson Cries “I Just Want to Be a Normal Kid Again – I Don’t Care About Football Right Now” During Police Interview [AUDIO]
The jury at the Jordan Johnson trial saw the end of the initial police interview video on Friday, (Feb. 22, 2013) in which Johnson said in tears, “I just want to be a normal kid again. I don’t care about football right now.”
Jordan Johnson and Detective Chrestenson
Johnson was responding to Detective Dean Chrestenson’s statement that the young man would not be able to pursue a career in professional football, coaching or even teaching, should he be convicted of sexual intercourse without consent. Chrestenson told Johnson he “wished there was a camera” in the room, to show which of the two was lying about what happened inside the alleged victim’s bedroom on February 4, 2012. Johnson agreed with Chrestenson, and also stated that the young woman was lying, and he did not know why.
Following the video, defense attorney David Paoli questioned Detective Connie Breuckner about various inconsistencies in the young woman’s statements, such as a change in the timeline of certain events following the alleged rape. The detective admitted on the stand that Johnson was very cooperative, including turning over his telephone for the downloading of text messages.
There was one lighthearted moment during Detective Breuckner’s testimony in which she admitted not doing more extensive research into some of the alleged victim’s text messages, because she knew that Paoli and his team would do the research themselves, which brought laughter from Paoli and the gallery.
Paoli also brought up the subject of a new directive on how to treat sex crimes from the Missoula Chief of Police Mark Muir. Pauli quoted part of the directive that read, “Believe the claim is true until evidence proves otherwise.”
Paoli said the standard in law is that a suspect is to be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
On redirect examination, prosecuting attorney Adam Duerk asked Detective Breuckner to read the entire new policy. (Listen to the audio from this reading by clicking below.)
Detective Connie Brueckner reads the new policy from Missoula Chief of Police Mark Muir regarding how to treat sex crimes
Paoli closed his cross-examination by getting Detective Breuckner to admit she was not an expert on sexual assault.
Friday’s testimony concluded with one of Johnson’s best friends and roommate Alex Bienemann, a fellow member of the Grizzly football team. Under questioning by Duerk, Bienemann admitted that Johnson had given differing timelines of what happened on the night of February 3, 2012 to his roommates.