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DA answers lingering questions on WR Chris Boyd's plea deal

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District Attorney Torry Johnson spoke to the media Thursday afternoon. District Attorney Torry Johnson spoke to the media Thursday afternoon.
Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a guilty plea last week. Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a guilty plea last week.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Davidson County District Attorney Torry Johnson held a news conference Thursday afternoon to address lingering questions following former Vanderbilt Wide Receiver Chris Boyd's plea deal last week.

Last Friday, Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the rape of an unconscious student that occurred on-campus in late June.

As part of his deal, Boyd must testify against his former teammates Brandon Vandenburg, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Banks and Cory Batey.

The men each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery and are no longer on the football team or at Vanderbilt University.

During last week's hearing some text messages surfaced from the night of the on-campus rape. Boyd is said to have wrongly identified Vanderbilt's quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels as someone who assisted in moving the victim.

On Thursday, Johnson wanted to clarify that both sides agreed to a factual statement which is typical for a criminal case. In that statement, it only identifies or talks about the text messages Boyd agreed that he sent and received and not the actual information contained within those messages.

"To date, our investigation shows that with regard to the apparent reference to Mr. Carter-Samuels, Mr. Boyd was in error. Again, at the time of Mr. Boyd's plea that is not what he was asked. That's not what he was responding to and that's not what that plea agreement was all about," Johnson said.  

Johnson said he did not want to speculate on why Boyd initially mentioned Carter-Samuels in the text message, nor did he comment further on the case.

Boyd has been released from Vanderbilt's football team but remains enrolled in classes at the university.

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