Vanderbilt receiver Chris Boyd, who had been charged with accessory after the fact — a felony — in connection with the Vanderbilt rape case, pleaded guilty this morning to a lesser charge: criminal intent to be an accessory.
On Twitter, WTVF reports that Boyd will cooperate in the case of the four now-former players charged with rape.
More details emerged about the night in question, as well.
From The Tennessean:
Thurman described a series of text messages and calls between Boyd and at least two of the men accused of rape. He said Boyd also received a video text message with evidence of what had happened, but that he immediately deleted it.
Thurman said one of the four accused ex-players, Brandon Vandenburg, was asking Boyd for help on the night of the incident, and that at one point Vandenburg advised Boyd to delete the video he had sent.
He said Boyd and Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta Samuels helped move the alleged victim.
Further, prosecutor Tom Thurman refuted an allegation in the BuzzFeed story:
Thurman, speaking to the media after the hearing, also addressed an allegation recently published on an online news site that football coach James Franklin had advised players to delete video evidence.
“There’s no evidence whatsoever that Coach Franklin was involved in a cover-up,” Thurman said.
Franklin’s attorney, Hal Hardin, praised authorities for not only convicting the guilty, but “protecting the innocent.”
“One of the most difficult things that any person can go through is to be the victim of rumors, unfounded rumors, and know that you’re innocent,” Hardin said of Franklin. “Some folks probably owe him an apology for spreading those rumors, but he has weathered it like the true champion he is.”
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