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California Man Pleads Not Guilty To Evidence Tampering In Vandy Case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of two California men charged with evidence tampering in the Vanderbilt University rape case has pleaded not guilty.

Miles Joseph Finley waived his right to appear in court on Wednesday, but his attorney Bernie McEvoy entered the plea on his behalf. The next court date was set for December 5.

Prosecutors said Finley deleted a text message containing evidence of the assault in a Vanderbilt dorm.

Finley's attorneys said he received a message that he didn't want from Brandon Vandenburg and deleted it. They said he had nothing to do with what happened that night, and had never even been to Tennessee until he voluntarily traveled to Nashville and turned himself in on October 11.

Finley along with 20-year-old Joseph Quinzio were indicted in August on one count of tampering with evidence. Quinzio was still awaiting extradition in California.

Finley and Quinzio were friends of rape defendant and former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg.

Police said they tampered with certain electronic evidence pertaining to the sexual assault investigation.

Finley and Quinzio were of interest to Metro Detectives during their investigative visit to Riverside County, California, in late July.

Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks, and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie were indicted August 9 on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at his Gillette House dorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23.

The university was made aware of the situation when officials observing the dorm's hallway surveillance recordings for an unrelated situation saw concerning behavior by the defendants.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit.

In September, former Commodore wide receiver Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor.

The initial charge against him was a felony. If he completes probation, his record will be cleared.

As part of the plea, he will also cooperate with prosecutors to help build the case against the four former football players charged with rape.

Boyd was later dismissed from the football team.

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