Court filing in Vandy rape case seeks texts from 'coaches'

By Tom Fornelli | Staff Writer

Defense attorneys for one of the four former Vanderbilt football players facing rape charges are seeking text messages from "coaches" that they believe could shed light on what happened.

According to The Tennesseean, the attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg filed the motion.

California-based defense attorneys for former player Brandon Vandenburg said in their motion that a “large amount” of evidence has not been provided to them by Davidson County authorities as it should have been under the rules of discovery in criminal cases.

The attorneys have been reviewing evidence provided on 57 CDs and DVDs, but said some discs were defective and that they have not gotten other items, including statements by witnesses, evidence on other discs, “text messages from witnesses and coaches,” and other records.

Vanderbilt spokeswoman and vice chancellor told the paper that the latest court filing is "a matter for the court to determine. Vanderbilt has no role.”

The request is the first indication in court proceedings that members of Vanderbilt's football staff had any involvement in the incident relevant to the investigation.

Vandenburg, Brandon Banks, Jaborian McKenzie and Corey Batey were all charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of sexual battery in August. The four former players are all accused of raping an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt dorm room in June 2013.

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