Filing in ex-Vanderbilt player case refers to 'text messages' - WSMV Channel 4

Filing in ex-Vanderbilt player case refers to 'text messages'

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Lawyers for a former Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape say that they haven't been given a large amount of evidence, including "text messages from witnesses and coaches."

The Tennessean reports California-based defense attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg are seeking the evidence in a filing Tuesday.

The newspaper said Vanderbilt spokeswoman and vice chancellor Beth Fortune, in an emailed statement, did not answer questions about text messages from coaches and said the issues in the filing are for a court to decide.

Head football coach James Franklin couldn't be reached by the newspaper for comment, and Fortune said athletic director David Williams wouldn't discuss the filing.

A spokeswoman for the district attorney's office declined to comment.

Vandenburg and three other ex-players have pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape.

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