A trial date has been set for two of the five former Vanderbilt football players charged with the rape of an unconscious fellow student on June 23rd. Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Baitey will be in court August 11th. Two other players, Brandon Banks and Tip McKenzie, who were also charged in the incident, had their trial separated. The thinking is that these two will testify against Baitey and Vandenburg.
The last of the five, Chris Boyd had agreed to testify last month as part of a plea agreement. On September 13th, Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea for a misdemeanor for attempting to cover up the crime. He will have the opportunity to clear his record if he completes unsupervised probation. Boyd is said to have told the other players involved to delete photos off of their phone and any other evidence that could have linked them to the crime.
All five of the players were dismissed from the Commodore football team with Vandenburg, Banks, Baitey, and McKenzie all suspended from the school in general. The Deputy District Attorny General Tom Thurman has said that no trial date will be set for Banks and McKenzie until after this one with Vandenburg and Baitey.