Vanderbilt’s Chris Boyd surrenders
A Vanderbilt football player indicted on charges that he was an accomplice after the rape of an unconscious student on campus has turned himself in to police.
Metro Nashville Police say 21-year-old Chris Boyd came to police headquarters Saturday morning after being indicted on Friday. He is accused of giving another defendant advice on how to cover up the crime. His bond was set at $25,000.
Four players were dismissed from the team on June 29 and face rape charges. Their arraignment is set for Wednesday, although one has already has pleaded not guilty and waived his right to appear at the arraignment.
Vanderbilt released a statement Friday saying Boyd had been suspended from the team pending further review.
Boyd caught 50 passes for 774 yards and five touchdowns last season.
”All of these allegations, including those brought today, are deeply troubling, and we take them very seriously,” Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said in a statement Friday. The statement notes that none of the former players have been found guilty. It also says that Vanderbilt continues to cooperate closely with the district attorney’s office and the police.
Two California men also were indicted Friday. Nineteen-year-old Miles Finley and 20-year-old Joseph Quinzio are charged with felony tampering with evidence.
Police say Finley was arrested by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department while officers continue to search for Quinzio. Both men have been given a $150,000 bond and will be held as fugitives wanted by the state of Tennessee.
The two men are acquaintances of defendant Brandon Vandenburg, a 20-year-old former Vanderbilt player from Indio, Calif.
Vandenburg remains jailed on $350,000 bond, while three other former players have bonded out: 19-year-old Cory Batey, of Nashville, bonded out Friday; Brandon Banks, of Brandywine, Md., and Jaborian McKenzie, of Woodville, Miss., both 19, bonded out previously.
The four players were dismissed from the team on June 29 and face rape charges. Their arraignment is set for Aug. 21, although McKenzie already has pleaded not guilty and waived his right to appear at the arraignment.