Ex-Vanderbilt football players plead not guilty to rape - WKRN News 2

Ex-Vanderbilt football players plead not guilty to rape

Posted: Updated: Aug 22, 2013 9:20 AM
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Four ex-Vanderbilt University football players charged with raping a woman on campus earlier this summer entered pleas of not guilty in a Davidson County courtroom Wednesday morning.

None of the four former players, Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg, appeared in court for their arraignment.  The pleas were entered by their attorneys.

The men are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery for raping a 21-year-old unconscious woman inside Vandenburg's room at the Gillette House dormitory during the early morning hours of June 23.

Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

Banks, Batey and McKenzie are all free on bond.

David King, Vandenburg's attorney, told News 2 Tuesday night the family is working to raise enough money to post bond.

Two California men who are reportedly friends with Vandenburg are also charged in connection to the crime.

After the brief arraignment, Banks' attorney, Mark Scruggs, was asked how his client is doing.

"How would anyone feel based on these types of charges?" asked Scruggs. "He is back in Maryland, trying to get on with his life as best he can, considering the situation that he is in right now."

Suspended wide receiver Chris Boyd was also arraigned and pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning.

Boyd, 21, is charged with being an accessory after the fact for allegedly helping to cover up the June 23 assault.  He too is free on bond.

Boyd's attorney, Roger May, disputed stories that his family was upset by treatment from the District Attorney's office.

"It appears that the perception and interpretation has been given to some comments that Mr. Boyd made in paper and on TV which seemed to indicate to people that the Boyds are claiming that the DAs office has been disingenuous and misleading to them," said May. "Nothing could be further from the truth."

He prefaced his comments by saying Boyd has had an impeccable reputation on and off the field.

All five men are next scheduled to appear in a Davidson County courtroom for a discussion hearing on September 19.

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