Torrey Green trial postponed after defense attorney files motions to consolidate cases and change venue

Former Utah State University linebacker Torrey Green appears in the First District court on Thursday, the second day of a three-day preliminary hearing. Green is charged with six counts of rape, one count of aggravated kidnapping, three counts of forcible sex abuse and two counts of object rape. 

LOGAN — The two-week jury trial for Torrey Green has been delayed, after his attorney asked to move the trial to another location and consolidate the cases. 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 Tuesday morning. He was previously 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.

Defense attorney Skye Lazaro requested Green’s trial be postponed so the court could consider two motions; one to move the trial to a different venue and second to consolidate all of the charges into one trial. She said her client was okay with the further delay.

Court records show, Lazaro claimed pretrial publicity, size of the community and nature for the allegations, all prohibits Green from receiving a fair trial. She also wrote 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.

Green spoke only briefly during Tuesday’s hearing, telling the court he was willing to waive his right to a speedy trial.

State attorney Spencer Walsh asked for time to consider the motions. He requested two-weeks to file a response.

Judge Brian Cannell scheduled a hearing date for March 29, when attorneys can argue their requests. He also requested that attorneys address the motions with the alleged victims.

Green has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges. He is being held in the Cache County jail without the opportunity to post bail. He has been incarcerated since his arrest in October 2016.

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