Retrial in Vanderbilt rape case scheduled for April
Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey will stand trial on April 4 in Nashville. A judge granted a request to delay the retrial last week when Vandenburg’s new defense team requested more time to prepare for the case.
Vandenburg and Batey were convicted in January of raping a Vanderbilt student in a campus dorm room in 2013. The verdict was thrown out in June when a judge declared a mistrial due to juror misconduct. The two men’s lawyers successfully motioned for the judge to declare a mistrial because the foreman of the 12-person jury did not disclose that he was the victim in a statutory rape case 15 years ago.
Batey and Vandenburg are accused of raping an unconscious female student in a Vanderbilt dorm room in June 2013. They were convicted on all charges in January after a 12-day trial. Batey was found guilty on five charges of aggravated rape and two charges of aggravated sexual battery, while Vandenburg was found guilty of the same plus charges tampering of evidence and unlawful photography. Two other former players also face charges in the case but have not yet been tried.
- Dan Gartland