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Ex-Colt Josh McNary found not guilty of rape

Former Colts linebacker ruled innocent on three charges stemming from Dec. 1 overnight stay with a woman at his apartment.

Former Indianapolis Colts linebacker Josh McNary has been found not guilty of rape by a Marion County jury after two hours of deliberations Thursday, according to numerous media reports.

McNary, 27, was facing charges of rape, criminal confinement and battery stemming from an overnight interaction on Dec. 1 with a woman he met at a downtown Indianapolis bar and took home to his apartment. 

He testified on his own behalf that the sex was consensual and professed his innocence. The prosecution contended the woman tried to resist him by saying “No” repeatedly and did not consent to having sex with him.

His accuser’s credibility was called into question by the defense, which contended the woman changed her story repeatedly.

McNary called the experience “traumatic” and “tragic” in comments reported The Indianapolis Star.

Eleven of the 13 jurors were women. The trial began on Monday.

At the time of the alleged incident, McNary was a member of the Colts as a reserve linebacker. He was placed on the inactive list. Prior to this case proceeding to trial, his NFL contract expired in March, making him a free agent.

McNary played two seasons with the Colts, appearing in 20 games with four starts, and made 42 tackles. The Army graduate had joined the team as an undrafted free agent in 2013.

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