LOGAN — A judge has agreed to move the jury trial for Torrey Green to another location, and consolidate six of his seven cases into one. The 24-year-old former Utah State University football player is alleged to have raped at least seven women while he was a student.
Green appeared in 1st District Court Thursday morning after his defense attorney previously filed the requests in February. Skye Lazaro claimed pretrial publicity, size of the community and nature for the allegations, all prohibits her client from receiving a fair trial. She also asked that the cases should be joined together, since the court had previously ruled, six of the seven alleged victims could testify at each other’s trials.
State attorney Spencer Walsh said the court ruled to move Green’s cases to Brigham City. Judge Brian Cannell explained that he was concerned the defendant wouldn’t receive a fair trial because of the recent sex assault allegations at USU.
Walsh said attorneys for both sides agreed to consolidate six of the cases. The decision was made after speaking with the alleged victims, and agreeing that joining the cases together would prevent them from having to testify for every trial.
Judge Cannell previously ruled that Green’s seventh trial was different enough in allegations that it will still be tried separately.
Green has been charged with six counts of rape, two counts of object rape, and one count of aggravated kidnapping, all first-degree felonies, and three counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.
After Thursday’s hearing, Walsh said he respected Judge Cannell’s decision. He explained that moving the case to Brigham City doesn’t change the evidence against Green. Prosecutors are looking forward to presenting their cases before the juries.
Green is being held in the Cache County jail without the opportunity to post bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in October 2016. He is scheduled to appear again in court May 1.