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Former Colts linebacker Josh McNary found not guilty of rape

A Marion County jury has found former Colts linebacker Josh McNary not guilty of rape.

Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports

A Marion County jury this afternoon found former Colts linebacker Josh McNary not guilty on all counts in a rape case.  The charges included rape, criminal confinement, and battery, but he was acquitted on all counts.

The issue stems from an encounter McNary had in December with a woman who he met at a bar and subsequently took back to his apartment.  McNary argued that the sex was consensual, which the prosecution objected to.  The defense pointed out that the accuser's story had changed multiple times, however.  After deliberation on the case this afternoon, the jury ruled that McNary is not guilty.

McNary was initially signed by the Colts as a free agent in April of 2013 as his service commitment to the Army was concluding.  He was a standout defender at Army, as he ended his time there as the school's all-time leader in sacks and tackles for loss.  He spent training camp with the Colts in 2013, was waived as part of the final roster cuts, and then quickly signed to the practice squad.  He remained with the team in that capacity until November of that year, when they signed him to the active roster.  He then made the team in 2014 as a backup linebacker and special teams player, and during his two years with the Colts he played in 20 games (starting four), recording 42 tackles and 0.5 sacks.  He was formally charged with rape in January and subsequently placed on the commissioner's exempt list, where he remained until his contract was up in March, making him a free agent.