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District attorney addresses questions over Boyd case

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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The Nashville district attorney's office sought to address questions that may still exist after last week's plea agreement with former Vanderbilt University wide receiver Chris Boyd.

Boyd, 21, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge in the cover up of an alleged rape of an unconscious woman by four other former football players in a Vanderbilt dorm room.

The state said last week text messages revealed Boyd helped move the unconscious victim after she was allegedly sexually assaulted from the dorm hallway into a bedroom, then he left.

Prosecutors said Boyd quickly deleted a text picture of the victim being sexually assaulted that was allegedly sent to him by Vandenburg.

The texts also indicate there was video of the assault and the victim didn't remember what had happened to her.

According to court records, one text from Boyd to Batey read, in part: "Me, Carta and Vanderwal and Vandenburg helped us move her out of the hallway," referring to the victim who was lying in the hall of the dorm and also referencing tight end Dillon van der Wal.

Davidson County District Attorney General Torry Johnson said evidence indicates Boyd wrongly identified Vanderbilt quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels as someone who participated in helping move the victim.

As part of his plea agreement, Boyd is expected to testify in the cases against former Vanderbilt players Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg, who were accused of rape earlier this summer.

Boyd was dismissed from the Vanderbilt football team on Tuesday.

Carta-Samuels and van der Wal are both listed as witnesses in the rape case.

Boyd was given a suspended sentence of 11 months and 29 days as part of the plea he accepted and will not go to jail. If Boyd completes the probation with good behavior, the charge will be expunged from his record.

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