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Grand jury to decide whether to indict Chris Jones, co-defendants on rape charges

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- On Monday afternoon a grand jury is expected to discuss whether to indict former U of L basketball player Chris Jones and two co-defendants on charges of rape and sodomy.

Several people have been called to testify in this case from police to students.

WDRB spoke with one U of L student who knows both sides. She says she knows one of the alleged victims and Chris Jones and his co-defendants.

She says she has text messages from the alleged victim which say she never said no to the sex, but thought it was implied because she was intoxicated. The text messages have been turned over to police. 

All the witnesses gathered outside the grand jury room waiting to be called to testify.

Jones is charged with two counts of rape and two counts of sodomy. 
According to warrants, Jones raped and sodomized a woman on February 22 and she was able to identify Jones as a U of L basketball player.

Jalen Tilford and Tyvon Walker were also charged. Tilford is charged with one count of rape and sodomy. Walker is charged with rape. 

All are on home incarceration.

The judge also ordered them to have no contact with the alleged victims, one of whom is a U of L student. The other is taking online classes at Western Kentucky University.

Court records say the three men forced a woman to have intercourse and oral sex.

Police say Walker told them the incident happened in two rooms at the Cardinal Towne apartment complex.

Attorneys for the alleged victims say the state is mishandling the case by giving Jones special treatment. They're concerned after being told the defendants will be allowed to give recorded testimony for the grand jury to consider.

The attorneys also say the victims were not properly notified when Jones and his co-defendants were released from home incarceration in late March.

Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine says there is no special treatment for Jones and his co-defendants.

If the grand jury makes a decision Monday, the details are not expected to be made available until 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

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