Jury selected for rape case involving former University of Illinois basketball player; trial’s opening arguments are Tuesday

photo by: Chris Conde/Journal-World

Terrence Shannon appears just after a jury selection on June 10, 2024, in Douglas County District Court.

A Douglas County jury was selected on Monday to serve in a trial for a former University of Illinois basketball player who is accused of raping a woman at a Lawrence bar.

The Illinois player, Terrence Edward Shannon, 23, of Champaign, Illinois, is charged in Douglas County District Court with one felony count of rape or, in the alternative, one felony count of aggravated sexual battery, according to charging documents.

The incident is alleged to have occurred on Sept. 9, 2023, at the Jayhawk Cafe, 1340 Ohio St., while Shannon was in Kansas to attend a KU football game against Illinois. The woman testified in May that Shannon grabbed her by the bottom and violated her under her skirt. Shannon’s defense team has alleged that a third party may have been responsible for the incident, as the Journal-World reported.

Shannon’s trial is scheduled to last through Thursday, and it is expected to be followed nationally by sports media due to his status as a top NBA prospect. Opening arguments will be on Tuesday. Shannon is currently free on a $50,000 bond.