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Partygoer insists Chris Jones is innocent as grand jury considers testimony

Chris Jones (Source: WAVE 3 News) Chris Jones (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Kristen Smith (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News) Kristen Smith (Source: Steven Richard, WAVE 3 News)
Jalen Tilford and Tyvon Walker (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives) Jalen Tilford and Tyvon Walker (Source: WAVE 3 News Archives)
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Rape charges against former UofL basketball player Chris Jones are now in the hands of a Jefferson County grand jury.

The panel started hearing the evidence against Jones and his two co–defendants -- Jalen Tilford and Tyvon Walker -- on Monday afternoon to decide whether the case should move forward. Among those who testified Monday was a senior at Bullitt Central High School named Kristen Smith, who posted a stark and clear defense of the three suspects on her Instagram account back around the time of the accusations.

"The girl thought (the accusations were) funny and I'm going to defend that 100%," she posted on Instagram. "Because I was in the room the whole time, head up."

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The room in question was a dorm at CardinalTowne Apartments, where a party carried on into the early morning hours of Feb. 22, just hours after a Louisville basketball victory. And hours after the party, Jones was kicked off the team.

Monday, Smith told only WAVE 3 News that she wanted to continue to defend the accused.

"I mean I think they are innocent so, that's just what I'm going to do," she said.

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Jones is charged with raping two women, sodomizing one of them. Tilford and Walker are charged with raping one of those two women.

Smith said she's friends with the three suspects, but not with either of their two accusers. She said they all were part of a group of about 10 people at the postgame party.

Smith also said she was in the next room when the alleged sex took place, but did not actually see it happen. She said she believes the sex was consensual, based on the way the two alleged victims were acting before and after the incident.

The grand jury will hear more evidence Tuesday morning, and could announce a decision about whether to indict the suspects on rape charges -- and send the case to trial -- as early as 1 p.m.

The commonwealth attorney told Flack she's unable to comment on the evidence until after that decision is announced.

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