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(THE TENNESSEAN) A California man entered a "not guilty" plea Wednesday morning to accusations he tampered with evidence in the rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt student.

Miles Joseph Finley, 20, of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., didn't appear before Criminal Court Judge Steve Dozier Wednesday, having waived his appearance at his arraignment. Instead, his defense attorney, Bernie McEvoy, entered the plea on his behalf in a hearing that lasted about a minute.

Finley is free on $10,000 bond.

Finley is charged alongside Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, Calif., accused by police of deleting electronic evidence in the June 23 rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt student in a dorm room. Quinzio remains in California, fighting extradition to Tennessee.

The two are friends of Brandon Vandenburg, one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged in the actual alleged rape. Vandenburg, 20, from Indio, Calif.; Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Brandywine, Md.; and Jaborian McKenzie, 18, from Woodville, Miss., are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.

All four are free on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $350,000. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, of Roswell, Ga., has already pleaded guilty to the attempted cover-up of the rape.

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One of two California men accused of tampering with evidence in the rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt University student will get a chance to enter a plea in court Wednesday.

Miles Joseph Finley, 20, of Bermuda Dunes, Calif., is charged with one felony count of evidence tampering. His defense attorney, Bernie McEvoy, said his client won't be appearing in court, having waived his personal appearance at arraignment Wednesday. He declined to comment further about the case.

Prosecutors had initially sought a bond of $150,000 for Finley, but they later agreed to drop it to $10,000. He is free on bond.

Finley is charged alongside Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, Calif.. Police have accused both of deleting electronic evidence in the June 23 rape of an unconscious Vanderbilt student in a dorm room. Quinzio remains in California, fighting extradition to Tennessee.

The two are friends of Brandon Vandenburg, one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged in the actual alleged rape. Vandenburg, 20, from Indio, Calif.; Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Brandywine, Md.; and Jaborian McKenzie, 18, from Woodville, Miss., are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.

All four are free on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $350,000. They have all pleaded not guilty.

Former Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd, 21, of Roswell, Ga., has already pleaded guilty to the attempted cover-up of the rape and has agreed to testify against his former teammates. Boyd had lied to police and then told Vandenburg and others to delete evidence in the case, including a video and a photograph.

Wednesday's hearing is expected to be short, particularly since Finley won't be there. Arraignment offers the defendant the first opportunity to formally hear the charges against him and to enter a plea. Most attorneys enter a "not guilty" plea as a matter of course this early in a court case.

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