Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd was second on the team in 2012 with 50 receptions and 774 yards.(Photo: Spruce Derden, USA TODAY Sports)
Fifth Vanderbilt football player indicted in rape case
Duane W. Gang, The Tennessean 6:31 p.m. EDT August 16, 2013
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.
Commodores wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, is charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact. Vanderbilt, in a statement, called the allegations "deeply troubling" and suspended Boyd from the football team.
Police accused Boyd of essentially taking part in an attempted coverup 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 evidence.
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.
Batey, 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 appearance.
Vanderbilt released the following statement Friday afternoon:
"Today 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.
"We 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 Police Department."
Boyd is a junior wide receiver with the Commodores. He has 81 career receptions for 1,247 yards and 13 touchdowns.
The 6-4, 205-pound receiver is majoring in human and organizational development.
He and senior Jordan Matthews are Southeastern Conference's top two returning receivers. The duo combined for 144 receptions, 2,097 yards and 13 touchdowns last year.
The Commodores are scheduled to open the season at homeon Aug. 29 against Ole Miss.
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Wonder how many years these POS felons will be put away for?