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Police to continue push for extradition in Vanderbilt rape case

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The attorney for Joseph Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, said he will fight an extradition request from Tennessee authorities. Courtesy: Tennessean
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Tony Gonzalez | The Tennessean 

The attorney for Joseph Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, said he will fight an extradition request from Tennessee authorities.

One of the California men arrested in connection with a Vanderbilt University rape investigation is fighting extradition to Tennessee, but Nashville authorities said they would continue efforts to bring him to Nashville.

Thus far, authorities have charged four former Vanderbilt football players with multiple counts of rape, and a fifth, suspended player with being an accessory after the fact in connection with a June rape of an unconscious female student in a campus dorm.

Californians Miles Finley, 19, and Joseph Quinzio, 20, were charged with tampering with evidence in the month after the incident.

On Monday, Quinzio's attorney said the warrant for his client's arrest was based on outdated information collected by Tennessee law enforcement officials, and that Quinzio was on the "outskirts" of the case based on a text message he received from one of the other defendants. He said he would attempt to get Tennessee authorities to withdraw their extradition request.

"We believe that facts have come to light that completely change the dynamic and understanding of what, if any, involvement Mr. Quinzio had," Greenfield said in court. "It is my belief that law enforcement now have the facts and that the facts (in the warrant) are now stale."

Susan Niland, spokeswoman for the Davidson County District Attorney's Office, said authorities planned to talk to the defense attorney on Tuesday, but had not yet done so because of the time difference with California.

"We don't know to what the attorney is referring as far as new information that has come to light," Niland wrote in an email Tuesday morning. "The grand jury returned the indictment(s) based upon the evidence they were presented and those charges still stand."

Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron said he could not comment on the outcome of Monday's hearing.

"If they contest extradition there is a process for that and we'll move through that process with them," Aaron said.

Asked if police would discontinue their case against the two men charged in California, he said, "certainly not."

"We will let the facts come out in court," Aaron wrote in an email Tuesday.

Quinzio awaits a bail hearing Wednesday. The extradition process could take three months and require action by the governor, authorities said. If Quinzio resists extradition, authorities would need to request a governor's warrant from Gov. Bill Haslam, but that request had not yet been made in the Quinzio case, officials said late Monday.

Finley is expected in court in California today.

Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from California; Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Maryland; and JaBorian McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg -- still jailed -- is also charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.

Also indicted was wide receiver Chris Boyd, who faces one count of being an accessory after the fact for his role in attempting to cover up the incident, police said.

Batey, Vandenburg, Banks and Boyd are scheduled for arraignment hearings Wednesday morning.

The Desert Sun newspaper in Palm Desert, Calif., contributed to this report. Reach Tony Gonzalez at 615-259-8089 or tgonzalez@tennessean.com.

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