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Kevin Olsen Found Not Guilty In Rape Trial


After three days of jury deliberations, Kevin Olsen was found not guilty of rape on all counts.

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Olsen’s defense lawyers, George and Bree Laughrun

The former UNC Charlotte quarterback and brother of Carolina Panthers player Greg Olsen had been charged with three counts of second degree rape and one count of sexual offense of his then-girlfriend in February 2017.

WFAE’s Sarah Delia covered the Olsen trial. She described the courtroom when the jury announced its verdict.

“It was a pretty tense room,” Delia said. “Olsen’s accuser had a very emotional reaction, obviously, when she heard that and was very quickly escorted outside of the courthouse.”

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Prosecutors Kristen Northrup, left, and Jane Honeycutt.

  “Olsen and his family, including Greg Olsen, was in the court room,” she said. “They had a very audible reaction. They actually had to be reminded to keep order because the court was still in session.”

Delia said the court is awaiting responses from Olsen’s defense lawyers, George and Bree Laughrun, and the prosecutors, assistant district attorneys Kristen Northrup and Jane Honeycutt.

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Sarah Delia is a Senior Producer for Charlotte Talks with Mike Collins. Sarah joined the WFAE news team in 2014. An Edward R. Murrow Award-winning journalist, Sarah has lived and told stories from Maine, New York, Indiana, Alabama, Virginia and North Carolina. Sarah received her B.A. in English and Art history from James Madison University, where she began her broadcast career at college radio station WXJM. Sarah has interned and worked at NPR in Washington DC, interned and freelanced for WNYC, and attended the Salt Institute for Radio Documentary Studies.