Trial scheduled for former USU football player accused of rape

Courtesy of the Cache County Jail

LOGAN — The case for former Utah State football player Jamaal A. Evans is headed to trial. The 19-year-old has been charged with raping a girl at a party last summer.

Evans appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. He was previously charged with rape and forcible sodomy, both first-degree felonies.

Public defender Shannon Demler told the court he and prosecutors had failed to reach a resolution in the case. He asked for the three-day jury trial to be set.

Judge Brian Cannell scheduled the trial for March 27-29, 2019. He ordered Evans to appear again in court February 26, 2019 for a final pre-trial conference.

The case is being delayed partly because of the month long jury trial in January for Torrey Green, another former USU football player charged with sexually assaulting seven women.

Evans was arrested after a female student reported being raped to school officials. On June 17, she and one of her friends picked up Evans. They went to a small party at a residence in Logan. She stated that she knew the defendant but had never really hung out with him.

The woman told investigators while at the party they consumed some alcohol. Afterwards, Evans raped her.

In August, Judge Cannell ruled during a preliminary hearing that the victim was not able to recall the night of the assault and was therefore not able consent to sex. He bound the defendant over on both charges.

Evans was signed by USU in 2016. He was suspended after his arrest and is no longer listed on the team’s roster. He is originally from Las Vegas where he was a first team, all-state quarterback.

Evans is currently out of jail after posting $25,000 bail. He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

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