Former Vanderbilt football player's lawyers ask to withdraw - WKRN News 2

Former Vanderbilt football player's lawyers ask to withdraw

Posted: Updated: Nov 14, 2013 06:37 PM CST
Brandon Vandenburg with attorney David King Brandon Vandenburg with attorney David King
Brandon Vandenburg with attorney Nathan Colburn Brandon Vandenburg with attorney Nathan Colburn
All four former football players are charged in connection to raping a woman on-campus in June. All four former football players are charged in connection to raping a woman on-campus in June.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

Two lawyers for a former Vanderbilt University football player accused of raping a female student on campus over the summer have asked to withdraw from the case.

Attorneys David King and Nathan Colburn filed their motion Thursday to withdraw from Brandon Vandenburg's case.

"With four lawyers in the case, it's important that things move forward in a concise manner. We felt like it was in his best interest that we step aside and the people who he has had through the years pick that up," King told News 2.

Vandenburg has said he wants to retain King, but has no objection if Colburn leaves the case.

The 20-year-old also wants a six-month delay of his trial, which would allow time for him to hire a new attorney and time for that lawyer to get familiar with the case.

Vandenburg and former teammates Brandon Banks, Cory Batey and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie are charged with raping an unconscious female student in Vandenburg's dorm room in late June.

They are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.   Vandenburg is additionally charged with unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.

All four have since been kicked off Vanderbilt's football team.  They have pleaded not guilty to the crime and are out of jail on bond.

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