Prosecutor in rape case wants defense attorney out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A prosecutor in the rape case of a former Vanderbilt football player claims a defense attorney tried to destroy evidence and should be removed from the case.

Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman made a court filing accusing California-based attorney Albert Perez Jr. of being an "unindicted co-conspirator" of his client, Brandon Vandenburg.

The filing alleges Perez was involved with the destruction or attempted destruction of evidence.

Vandenburg and three others have pleaded not guilty to aggravated rape. They were dismissed from the team and are no longer students.

Perez couldn't be reached for comment by the newspaper. Another member of Vandenburg's legal team in California, retired Judge Eugene Osko, called Thurman's accusation "ridiculous."

Osko says local counsel will be substituting in on the case.

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