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Former U of L basketball player Chris Jones released from home incarceration

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Former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones has been released from home incarceration while he waits for a Jefferson County grand jury to hear his rape case. Former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones has been released from home incarceration while he waits for a Jefferson County grand jury to hear his rape case.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Former Louisville basketball player Chris Jones has been released from home incarceration while he waits for a Jefferson County grand jury to hear his rape case.

On Monday, Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Barry Willett released Jones and his co-defendants from home incarceration at the urging of defense attorneys and without objection from prosecutors.

In his order, Willett said the investigation was still "ongoing" and the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office has scheduled a "lengthy Grand Jury presentation" scheduled to be April 27.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Cooke, a spokesman for the office, said prosecutors did not object to the bond change because the men have had no problems while on home incarceration and it is a "complicated" case. He also said it may take more than one day for grand jurors to hear the case.

"This case is more complicated than most and has more witnesses than most," Cooke said.

WDRB talked briefly to Chris Jones Wednesday. He said he's not in Louisville and was at home (in Memphis) with his friends. Jones said he would call back for an interview but has not responded.

Cooke said under the new bond, Jones and his co-defendants can leave the state.

Jones and his co-defendants, Tyvon Walker and Jalen D. Tilford, were ordered to have no contact with each other, the alleged victims or the "place of violation."

Scott C. Cox, Jones' attorney, did not immediately return a phone call.


Brian Butler, who represents Walker, said the bond change was made because prosecutors and defense attorneys "anticipate a lengthy grand jury process" and this gives the commonwealth's attorney's office "as much time as they need to fully investigate this matter."

Jones is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy. According to the warrants, Jones raped and sodomized a woman on Feb. 22 and she was able to identify Jones "because she recognized him as a University of Louisville basketball player" and he told her his name. That woman was examined at the university, one warrant says.

A second warrant says Jones, along with Tilford and Walker, forced a woman to have intercourse and oral sex. She also identified Jones as a U of L player, according to the warrant. She was taken to University Hospital, where she was treated.

Jones, 23, was dismissed from U of L's team in February.

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