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Four former Vanderbilt players plead not guilty to rape charges

By Jerry Hinnen | Staff Writer

All four former Vanderbilt players charged with raping an unconscious woman in a campus dorm pleaded not guilty Tuesday, the Associated Press reported.

Suspended Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, charged Aug. 16 with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact, also pleaded not guilty. Police have said Boyd advised one of the four charged players on how to cover-up the alleged crime.

Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., pleaded not guilty in Davidson County Criminal Court to five counts of rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

None of the four former Commodores charged with rape was present in the courtroom. Their pleas were entered by their attorneys.

Campus officials alerted Metro Nashville Police's sex crimes unit June 26 after witnessing surveillance video from within the dorm. The four players were dismissed shortly thereafter, indicted Aug. 9, and subsequently taken into custody.

None of the four had played for Vanderbilt, with Batey, Banks and McKenzie all redshirt freshmen and Vandenburg a JUCO transfer. Boyd was the Commodores' second-leading receiver in 2012, however, with 50 receptions and 774 receiving yards.

The next court date in the case is set for Sept. 19.

Video via the Tennesseean.

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