New court filings this week in the case of a June 23 rape at Vanderbilt University show the incident and investigation ran deeper into the football program than previously known.
And they provide the most detailed view to date of the case and the actions of the alleged victim.
But as the defense decried the condition of evidence, Nashville's top prosecutor swung back hard Wednesday against the defense team.
"This is an obvious tactical ploy by (defense) attorneys to intimidate the victim and malign veteran prosecutors and experienced police detectives by circulating unfounded allegations," District Attorney General Torry Johnson said in a statement. "Our office has given defense counsel for all four defendants complete access to the investigative file as the materials have become available."
He said the material provided "far exceeds what is legally required by our rules of criminal procedure."
The new flurry between lawyers ignited after the defense for former tight end Brandon Vandenburg filed 113 pages in court showing why they think the case should be thrown out, or prosecutors disciplined, related to the handling of evidence.
Although criticized by Johnson, the filing provides new insight into evidence in the case, including connections to the football program, actions of the victim, and charges that evidence such as text messages and photos may be lost.
When four Vanderbilt football players were expelled and indicted in August on charges of raping an unconscious 21-year-old student — and a fifth charged in a cover-up — an additional five players were also included on the witness list, including the starting quarterback at the time.
New information shows that two more players, both projected offensive starters this year, had close contact with the victim soon after the rape.
One was described as being the woman's "last memory" on the night police say she was assaulted inside Vandenburg's Gillette Hall dorm. The woman and Vandenburg, 20 at the time, had been drinking at The Tin Roof the night of the incident, according to police and university officials.
She had gotten drunk before her memory failed her and later continued to date Vandenburg, according to records.
The woman spent several hours with another player the night of the incident, although DNA related to that player had not been provided, the defense wrote.
The Tennessean is not naming those players to protect the identity of the victim.
Both current players were with her again June 27 after she underwent a medical exam — the same day she told police she was contacted by former head coach James Franklin and then-director of performance enhancement Dwight Galt.
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Franklin and Galt, now at Penn State University, contacted her to say they "cared about her because she assisted them with recruiting" as part of a team of "pretty girls" put together for that purpose, records state. Franklin, in a statement, denied doing anything wrong.
The records say detectives met with special teams and running backs Coach Charles Bankins — the lone member of the 10-man staff retained by new coach Derek Mason — as recently as March 13.
The defense is also seeking texts and call logs for Associate Director of Athletics Kevin Colon, with Vanderbilt for 16 years.
Victim's actions detailed
The woman who police said was raped while unconscious told police she didn't at first think she had been assaulted, according to a police report reviewed last year by The Tennessean.
The latest filing sheds new light on the aftermath of that night — and concerns among defense attorneys about what evidence they have not seen.
Attorneys wrote that the woman posted on social media the next day to say that anything that happened was consensual and that three days later, she declined to let police search through her phone, agreeing only to read aloud some messages. She told them she had deleted some texts and images.
"Many of these valuable conversations have been lost," attorneys wrote.
Her phone was destroyed in August in a washing machine, according to Twitter messages she sent that were included in the filing.
Vandenburg's attorneys charge that thousands of text messages, call logs, police interviews and other records have not been provided through the discovery process.
In particular, the defense focused on one of the woman's closest friends, who met with police July 3 and again July 9. During the second meeting a detective extracted information from her phone, finding that almost all text messages and chats had been deleted.
The defense attorneys wrote that they spent 600 hours reviewing six binders and about 70 CDs and DVDs of case information. They said material points them to other evidence they haven't received.
The completeness of video surveillance footage is also questioned. The defense said 55 percent of footage from 14 campus cameras was unavailable — but authorities said in one record that the cameras may have been motion-activated, explaining the lack of continuity.
Johnson, the top prosecutor, said the "baseless allegations" in the defense motion forced him to respond. He promised to address the claims in court at a hearing on Tuesday.