Prosecutors: Commodore QB misidentified as being at scene of rape

Sept. 18, 2013 at 1:49 PM
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NASHVILLE, Sept. 18 (UPI) -- Vanderbilt's starting quarterback was not at the scene of the rape of an unconscious woman despite testimony he was, Tennessee prosecutors say.

In a statement, the Davidson County district attorney's office said Austyn Carta-Samuels was "wrongly identified" by another football player, Chris Boyd, as among several players who moved the victim into a dorm room after she was assaulted in June, The (Nashville) Tennessean reported Wednesday.

Vanderbilt announced Tuesday it had kicked Boyd, a wide receiver, off the football team, saying his "admitted actions are clearly inconsistent with the high standards of behavior expected of our student-athletes."

Boyd has admitted to helping cover up the rape.

At a plea hearing for Boyd Friday, he swore everything in a statement read by Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman was true. The statement indicated Boyd and two other people helped move the woman into a dorm room after she had been sexually assaulted.

Thurman didn't name the other people, but he read a text by Boyd in which he says Carta-Samuels and tight end Dillon van der Wal helped move her.

However, the district attorney's office said Tuesday "based on the evidence collected to date," Boyd's text "wrongly identified" Carta-Samuels as helping move the victim.

Neither the district attorney's office nor Vanderbilt would comment on why they believe Boyd misidentified Carta-Samuels as being involved in the incident.

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