KNOXVILLE - An in-cruiser video camera captured the traffic stop of four University of Tennessee basketball players during which two guns and a bag of pot were found.
"The traffic stop was recorded," Knoxville Police Department spokesman Darrel DeBusk said this morning.
DeBusk, however, declined to say what was on the recording. He also declined to say if the recording confirmed police accounts of the admissions of the players that they knew two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns were in the car and that at least one of them had tried to unload the firearms.
"We wouldn't release that, other than to say we do have the traffic stop on video," DeBusk said.
The videotape, he said, will be available to the public "when it is entered into evidence during the court proceedings."
Police have finished a check for fingerprints on the guns, DeBusk said. He wouldn't discuss the fingerprint results.
DeBusk declined this morning to say if the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has taken custody of the two weapons. The ATF was running traces on the guns to determine previous ownership and if the weapons had been reported stolen.
The ATF also has resources that could revive a serial number on the one firearm on which the manufacturer's numbers had been filed down.
"We wouldn't release that on any investigation and we're not treating this one any different," DeBusk said.
Police have yet to speak with a Knoxville mother and her daughter who provided a rental car to four University of Tennessee basketball players accused after a traffic stop on drug and weapons crimes.
"It's a matter of scheduling," Knoxville attorney T. Scott Jones said Wednesday. "I have not had time yet to set that up."
Jones was in court all day Wednesday but expects to contact an investigator with the Knoxville Police Department this morning to schedule an interview time for Teresa Dixon and her 26-year-old daughter, Niya Goins.
In other developments Wednesday, two of the accused players - Brian Williams and Cameron Tatum - retained lawyers. Williams will be represented by David Eldridge, who said he would launch his own investigation into the New Year's Day incident, and Tatum retained Wade Davies, who declined comment.
Tyler Smith is represented by Don Bosch. It's not clear if Melvin Goins has counsel.
Dixon on Dec. 29 rented a black 2010 Dodge Charger that was stopped at 11:30 a.m. Jan. 1 after being clocked doing 70 mph on eastbound Interstate 40 near the Alcoa Highway interchange.
Tatum was at the wheel, with Smith, Williams and Goins inside, police say.
Dixon's daughter is friends with Smith and loaned him the car, Jones said.
When police searched the car, they found a Smith & Wesson handgun and a Taurus handgun, loaded magazines for each, a bag of marijuana and an open container of alcohol, according to records.
Jones said both Dixon and Niya Goins deny any connection with the two 9 mm semiautomatic handguns.
Coach Bruce Pearl has indefinitely suspended the four players.
Jones said Dixon rented the car because her personal vehicle had mechanical problems and was being repaired. Dixon allowed her daughter to use the Charger, Jones said.
"Her daughter was utilizing the car, and she let somebody else use it," Jones said. Neither mother nor daughter are season ticket holders for UT sporting events, he said.
With Jones saying his clients have no connection to the weapons, that leaves only the four players' admission to police that they knew about the guns, and that at least one of them had tried to remove the magazines from each weapon.
None of the players, however, has claimed ownership of the weapons or the bag of marijuana found in a backpack that bore Williams' name.
The four players were charged with possessing weapons for the purpose of going armed.
Williams, 22, of Bronx, N.Y., and Smith, 23, of Pulaski, Tenn., who were sitting near where the Taurus handgun was found, also were charged with possessing an item with an altered serial number. The Taurus' serial number had been filed down.
All the state charges are misdemeanor offenses.
Although Dixon didn't specifically give permission for her daughter to loan the Charger to Smith, Jones said Dixon knew Smith "as a fine young man" and would not have objected to letting him drive the rental car.
Niya Goins is not related to Melvin Goins, Jones said. She does not attend UT.