Ex-Vandy player takes stand to support attorney - WKRN News 2

Ex-Vandy player takes stand for 1st time to support Calif. attorney

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Vanderbilt University rape suspect Brandon Vandenburg took the stand in a Davidson County courtroom for the first time Friday morning during a hearing about his legal representation.

Vandenburg testified briefly that he had signed legal documents concerning a California attorney he wants on his legal team.

A judge will decide whether Albert Perez will be added after allegations of evidence tampering made by the prosecution.

Prosecutors have said Perez destroyed evidence in the case. Perez has denied the allegation.

"They completely want me off this case because I have gone through every page and I know what's missing and I know what has been destroyed," he told News 2 following the hearing, adding, "I am anxiously waiting to get this [case] to trial because it is all going to come out."

When asked what he meant by destroyed, Perez replied, "You will find out in the future."

Vandenburg, a former football player at Vanderbilt, is charged with raping an unconscious female student in his on campus dorm room last June.

Brandon Banks, Cory Batey and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, also former football players, are too charged in the crime.

All four men have pleaded not guilty and are out of jail on bond.

An August 11 trial date has been set for Vandenburg and Batey.

Defense attorneys have asked that the Davidson County District Attorney General's Office step down from the case.

Click here for complete coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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