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Cephus trial juror explains not guilty verdicts: “I thought the answer was clear.”


Quintez Cephus

MADISON (WKOW) – A juror in the sex crimes trial of former Badger football player Quintez Cephus tells WKOW-TV she believed his testimony that a sexual encounter with two, fellow UW-Madison students was consensual.

“There were some embarrassing details I’m sure he wasn’t comfortable sharing but he did his duty and gave them, and told the truth” April Weir-Hauptman tells 27 News.

“They never told me to stop,”  Cephus testified.  “That was, you know, consent.”

Weir-Hauptman and eleven other jurors found Cephus not guilty of second and third degree sexual assault.

After a week long trial, the jury came to its decision after deliberating for 41 minutes.

“Everyone came surprisingly to the table with the same exact not guilty verdict, without any discussion,”  Weir-Hauptman says.

One of two accusers testified Cephus forced sex on both women in his apartment April 22, 2018, with the woman’s friend in a black out, drunken state.  From Cephus’s apartment, the woman Snapchatted “Raped” to a friend.

Cephus’s attorneys presented surveillance video from that night and early morning showing Cephus, the fellow students, Badger football player Danny Davis and another woman at a Madison bar, his apartment’s common areas and a dormitory, with the accusers walking and appearing to be stable.

“I did feel they were important because what they did they show us, the videos showed us how the victims looked in Quintez Cephus’s eyes,”  Weir-Hauptman says.

During trial, Cephus’s primary accuser’s Snapchat message stating “Raped” and sent to a friend from Cephus’s apartment was shown to jurors.

“Guilty says  ‘I believe, I believe you,’ ”  Assistant Dane County District Attorney William Brown told jurors during his closing argument.

“All of us on the jury support the ‘MeToo’ movement,”  Weir-Hauptman says.  “It’s just not that easy. You can’t say that, you have to look at all the evidence, and at the end of the day, what we believe in is doing what’s right, what’s fair,”  she says.

Weir-Hauptman says surveillance video and other evidence, combined with witness testimony, convinced her to vote to acquit Cephus.

“I thought the answer was clear,”  Weir-Hauptman says of the jury finding Cephus not guilty.