One of the former Vanderbilt Football players accused of rape appears to be ready to put on a defense of  intoxication as a defense. The defense for Brandon Vadenburg has filed a report of an expert where they assert that alcohol  effected his mental state.

Tennessee Code Annotated 39-11-503 spells out the defense of intoxication

Can intoxication be a defense to a first degree murder case ?  It can be a defense to one element of the case . In most criminal cases , the State of Tennessee must prove the Mens Rea  or criminal intent of the defendant’s mind. In a first degree murder case , the state must