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Olsen Jury Deliberations Go To A Third Day

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MATT WALSH / CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
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Kevin Olsen confers with his lawyer George Laughrun during trial in a Mecklenburg County courtroom.

Jury deliberations will go a third day in the rape trial of Kevin Olsen.

Before deliberations began this morning, Superior Court Judge Karen Eady-Williams asked the jury if they had any concerns or questions.

Initially, the answer was no. The jury quickly headed to their chamber to discuss the four charges the former UNC-Charlotte football player faces: three counts of second degree rape and one sexual offense charge of his then-girlfriend in February of 2017.

About an hour later, things changed. The jury sent a note to the court asking for a transcript of the testimony of Clark Walton, a cyber security expert hired by the Olsen family to examine and review the incoming and outgoing communication from Olsen’s accuser’s phone. The judge had to call an early lunch while the court reporter prepared the transcript.

By 2:30 in the afternoon, Judge Eady-Williams said getting the transcript to jurors today wouldn’t be possible, citing technical difficulties. She called a recess until Wednesday morning.