Rape suspect: Vandenburg ‘coaching us’ during alleged assault

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jurors view explicit images in ex-Vandy players’ rape trial.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The rape trial of two former Vanderbilt football players is expected to resume Tuesday morning with one of their former teammates testifying against them. The alleged victim sobbed quietly in the courtroom gallery as Nashville police detective Chad Gish went over image after image and described, sometimes in explicit detail, how she was repeatedly violated. “She’s been laid out here, looks completely incapacitated to me,” Gish testified of one of the photos being shown to jurors. CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Community leaders near Fort Campbell are stressing the importance of a listening session with Army officials that will help decide how many soldiers remain stationed at the sprawling Army post on the Kentucky-Tennessee state line.

Mark Green, who is a veteran, told The Leaf-Chronicle (http://leafne.ws/1xobY4D) that the Army will be counting heads and the amount of community support will be factor in the decision made. The detective also told jurors that Vandenburg had conducted searches on the Internet to investigate whether police would be able to retrieve photo and text messages that had been deleted from a cellphone. One of Vandenburg’s attorneys sought to keep out the pornographic images, saying that a 19-year-old viewing pornography in a dorm room shouldn’t be relevant. Martin Luther King Jr. at his spiritual home in Atlanta repeated the same message on his national holiday Monday: We’ve come a long way, but there’s still much to be done to fulfill King’s dream.

A Nashville sex crimes detective testified earlier in the day that an image from the school’s video surveillance system led police to investigate what happened in the dorm at the Nashville school in June 2013. The King tributes came against a backdrop of recent national protests over the deaths of unarmed black men and youths at the hands of the police around the U.S. The photos led to a crime scene investigation in a school dorm room, the confiscation of cellphones and a computer and the DNA testing of nine football players. Prosecutors have said that the players would never have been charged had it not been for a vandalism case that prompted Vanderbilt officials to go through the dorm’s surveillance video. Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said the rules of evidence prevented jurors from hearing about the detective’s troubles with the prior case.

He taught us that we still have a choice to make: nonviolent coexistence or violent co-annihilation,” she said. “I challenge you to work with us as we help this nation choose nonviolence.” The courage and sacrifice of the civil rights activists of the 1950s and 1960s provides a model for those seeking change today, she added. All three were killed by white officers. “I cannot help but remember many women and men who have been gunned down, not by a bad police force but by some bad actors in a police force,” she said.

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