Suspended, accused WR Chris Boyd to appear before judge

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Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, suspended from the team and charged as an accessory after the fact in a campus rape case, has a court hearing before a judge on Friday. Boyd has pleaded not guilty to his charge, which alleges he assisted an attempted cover-up in the rape of an unconscious female student at Vanderbilt on June 23.

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According to tennessean.com, Boyd will speak with Davidson County Judge Steve Dozier at 9 a.m. for a discussion hearing.

Four men charged with the rape itself, all Vanderbilt football players at the time, were dismissed from the team and expelled from school over the summer. None of the four -- Brandon Banks, Corey Batey, Brandon Vandenburg, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie -- had ever played in a game for VU. Boyd's charge didn't come until weeks after the four accused of the crime were dismissed. Along with Boyd, two other men, neither of them Vanderbilt students, were charged for evidence tampering.

Boyd, a junior, is among the top wide receivers in the Southeastern Conference, and is considered among the team's most promising NFL hopefuls. His suspension from the team is indefinite. It is unclear whether Commodores coach James Franklin would reinstate Boyd if charges were dropped. Franklin has not commented publicly on Boyd's status other than to confirm the suspension.

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