By Duane W. Gang / The Tennessean
Three more people - including a star wide receiver on Vanderbilt
University's football team - were indicted Friday in connection with the
ongoing investigation into the rape of a 21-year-old unconscious woman
at a campus dorm this summer.
Commodore wide receiver Chris Boyd,
21, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the
fact. Vanderbilt University in a statement called the allegations
"deeply troubling" and suspended Boyd from the football team.
accused Boyd of essentially taking part in an attempted cover up of the
sexual assault through advice to certain defendants indicted last week
as part of the ongoing investigation.
Also charged were Miles
Joseph Finley, 19, of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., and Joseph Dominick
Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, Calif., both accused of tampering with
They were high school teammates and friends of Brandon
Vandenburg, one of the four former Vanderbilt players charged with
multiple counts of rape.
Davidson County Criminal Court Judge
Steve Dozier set Boyd's bond at $25,000. Boyd, of Roswell, Ga., is
expected to surrender, police said.
Sheriff's deputies in
Riverside County, Calif., arrested Finley on Friday afternoon and both
are in custody. Finley tried to flee when he saw deputies outside his
house. Finley's bond was set at $150,000. The search continues in
California for Quinzio, police said.
People who answered the
telephones at the homes of Finley and Quinzio declined comment Friday. A
roster from Xavier College Preparatory High School in Palm Desert,
Calif., shows Finley and Quinzio were teammates of Vandenburg. Quinzio
also played together with Vandenburg at the College of the Desert in
Palm Desert, Calif.
"Today's indictment reflects the hundreds of
law enforcement hours that have gone into this case thus far, and the
absolute seriousness of this entire matter," Chief Steve Anderson said
in a statement. "We are looking at all persons who may have been
involved in this event, before, during and after the fact. Additional
charges cannot be ruled out."
Vandenburg, 20, from California;
Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Maryland; and
JaBorian "Tip" McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi, are each charged with
five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual
battery. Vandenburg, who remains in jail, is also charged with one count
of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.
Vandenburg and Banks are scheduled for arraignment next week. Earlier
this week, McKenzie, who was given a far lower bond - $50,000 - than his
former teammates, pleaded not guilty and will skip next week's court
Vanderbilt University released the following statement Friday afternoon:
the Davidson County District Attorney charged Chris Boyd, a member of
the Vanderbilt football team with accessory after the fact related to
the incident that occurred in a Vanderbilt residence hall June 23. The
charges follow those announced Aug. 9 stemming from the same incident.
All of these allegations, including those brought today, are deeply
troubling, and we take them very seriously.
"Pursuant to the athletic department conduct policy, Mr. Boyd has been suspended from the football team, pending further review.
continue to respect that at this point in the criminal justice process
no determination of guilt has been made. We continue to cooperate
closely with the District Attorney's office and Metropolitan Nashville
Boyd is a junior wide receiver with the Commodores. He has 81 career receptions for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 205-pound receiver is majoring in human and organizational development.
and senior Jordan Matthews are Southeastern Conference's top two
returning receivers. The duo combined for 14 receptions, 2,097 yards and
13 touchdowns last year.
The Commodores are scheduled to open the season at homeon Aug. 29 against Ole Miss.
family of Cory Batey, one of four former Vanderbilt University football
players charged with raping an unconscious 21-year-old woman, came up
with the last $5,000 needed to secure his release from jail Friday.
19, posted bond shortly before 2 p.m. - after a morning court hearing
focused on whether two bonding companies could reduce the amount of fees
the family pays.
Typically, defendants must come up with 10
percent of the bond, with bonding companies posting the full amount to
the court in order to ensure appearance at trial.
Batey's bond is
$350,000 and his mother and grandmother raised $20,000, his attorney
Worrick Robinson said, far less than the typical 10 percent.
worried that allowing the companies to accept the smaller amount
effectively circumvents the grand jury, which set the bond based on the
seriousness of the charges.
"In this particular case, the grand
jury increased the bond after hearing all of the proof," Deputy District
Attorney Tom Thurman said. "Our request was $250,000 and they increased
it to $350,000 after hearing the evidence in this case."
countered that it was within the law and a business decision for the
bond companies - Free at Last and T-Bonding - to reduce the fee.
client, his mother has raised $20,000," Robinson said Friday. "That is a
significant amount of money for this family to raise. It took them
seven days to try and put that together and really just came together
late yesterday evening."
After hearing evidence in his chambers,
Davidson County Judge Monte Watkins ruled that the family had to come up
with another $5,000 for a total of $25,000. He also removed T-Bonding
from the case. The judge cited another case the company has pending
Friday's bond hearing was the latest in what will
likely be a lengthy legal process for the four former players. Next
week, three of them - Batey, Banks and Vandenburg - are scheduled to
appear before Watkins for an arraignment. Robinson said he has not
talked with Batey about how he'll plead.
The four are accused of
raping an unconscious 21-year-old woman in the Gillette Hall dormitory
June 23. University officials discovered the incident two days later
when they saw the four acting suspiciously on hallway
surveillance-camera footage, police have said.
The four had yet to
play in a game for Vanderbilt, but the case has thrust the university
and its rising football program into the national spotlight for the
wrong reasons just as it gets set to embark on a new season on Aug. 29.
The Commodores, aiming for a third consecutive bowl appearance under
coach James Franklin, are coming off their winningest campaign since
Dressed in an orange jumpsuit, Batey was set to appear in
court. But as he started to emerge from a holding area into the
courtroom, Robinson stopped him. Batey was not required to appear at the
Batey's family was present. His mother, grandmother
and an uncle attended and sat in the front row. The three later left
court walking slowly side-by-side, passing a gaggle of media, before
reaching the courthouse elevators. They declined to comment.
not even sure the amount raised today is equal to what the family
brings home in a year," Robinson told reporters after the hearing. "That
is how significant it is. He couldn't get out without the assistance of
friends and family. there is just no way."
Robinson said the family's church and the Ensworth community helped raise the money.
Batey has been a model kid and a model citizen for 19 years. These
charges are serious. They involve more than just Mr. Batey. There are a
lot of lives that have been affected by this," Robinson said. But ... I
think the people that know Mr. Batey still want to look at the body of
work he has had over his lifetime and not try and focus on one