Posted October 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
Attorneys Wednesday set a trial date for two of five former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping an unconscious fellow student. Twenty-year-old Brandon Vandenburg and 19-year-old Cory Batey are scheduled to stand trial Aug. 11. Two other 19-year-old ex-players -Brandon Banks and Tip McKenzie - also are charged in the June 23 rape. Their case was separated from the other two players at a Wednesday hearing. All four have pleaded not guilty to rape and sexual assault charges and are all out of jail on bond. Batey's attorney, Worrick Robinson, said after the hearing that separating the two cases likely means that Banks and McKenzie will testify against their former teammates, including his client. ''It's certainly a strategic move by the state,'' he said. ''They're doing what they need to do to makes their case as strong as possible at trial.'' Former player Chris Boyd already has agreed to testify against the others as part of a plea agreement last month. On Sept. 13, ...
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