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Two Former Vanderbilt Football Players Guilty of Rape

On July 1, 2011, Cory Batey, a rising senior football player at Nashville's Ensworth High School committed to Vanderbilt University live on our 3HL radio show. Batey was one of three commits that day for new coach James Franklin's first full recruiting class at Vandy. Batey, a three star recruit with offers from Kentucky and Minnesota, joined Brian Kimbrow and Caleb Azubike, who...
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After 2 convictions, 2 more Vanderbilt players face charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) With two of former Vanderbilt football players facing decades in prison after being convicted of raping an unconscious student in a dorm room, attention now turns to two of their teammates who have yet to go to trial. It took a jury three hours Tuesday to reach a verdict convicting Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey of multiple charges of aggravated rape and...
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Two former Vanderbilt players convicted of rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room. The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison. Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking...
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Jury deliberations begin in rape trial of ex-Vanderbilt players

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Two former Vanderbilt football players accused in the rape of a woman in a dorm room believed they were entitled athletes who could ''get away with anything,'' prosecutors said Tuesday. Defense attorneys countered that the teammates were extremely drunk on the night of the alleged assault, and blamed a college culture of binge drinking and promiscuous sex. Jurors...
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Vanderbilt rape trial to wrap up with defense arguments

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Defense attorneys for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious coed will get a chance to have their say in closing arguments Tuesday morning. There is no dispute that Brandon Vandenburg did not have sex or penetrate the 21-year-old student. But the question jurors will have to decide is whether he can be...
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Former Vanderbilt player Cory Batey takes stand in rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A former Vanderbilt football player being tried for rape is testifying on his own behalf. Cory Batey took the stand Monday morning. Batey was a 19-year-old who had just come out of his freshman year when he was charged, along with three of his teammates, with raping an unconscious student in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June 2013. Batey and Brandon Vandenburg...
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Defendant in Vanderbilt rape case takes the stand

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A former Vanderbilt football player being tried for rape is testifying on his own behalf. Cory Batey took the stand Monday morning. Batey was a 19-year-old who had just come out of his freshman year when he was charged, along with three of his teammates, with raping an unconscious student in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June 2013. Batey and Brandon Vandenburg...
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Defense in Vanderbilt rape case points to campus culture

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Prosecutors spent more than a week showing jurors photo and videos taken by Vanderbilt football players as they joined in a dorm-room sex assault. In response, the former players' lawyers have sought to put the elite southern university on trial, blaming an anything-goes campus culture for warping the young men's judgment. Neuropsychologist James Walker testified...
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Doc: Player was so drunk, he'd struggle to join a gang-rape

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) A defense witness in the case of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with gang-raping a fellow student says one of them was so drunk that he would have struggled to form the intent to commit such a crime. Neuropsychologist James Walker testified Friday that Cory Batey told him he had 14 to 22 alcoholic drinks before the players allegedly raped the...
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Alleged rape victim says she doesn't remember encounter

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The alleged victim of a rape at Vanderbilt University has testified that she has no recollection of being sexually assaulted. The woman was a 21-year-old student majoring in neuroscience and economics in June 2013 and had recently begun seeing football player Brandon Vandenburg. She testified that the last thing she remembered was Vandenburg plying her with...
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Alleged Vanderbilt rape victim has no recollection of assault

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- The alleged victim of a rape at Vanderbilt University has testified that she has no recollection of being sexually assaulted. The woman was a 21-year-old student majoring in neuroscience and economics in June 2013 and had recently begun seeing football player Brandon Vandenburg. She testified that the last thing she remembered was Vandenburg plying her with alcohol...
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Ex-Vanderbilt player testifies against teammates in rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- An ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with rape has testified against his former teammates, telling jurors that one was ''amped'' when he got an unconscious coed in his dorm room in June 2013. Jaborian ''Tip'' McKenzie testified that Brandon Vandenburg passed out condoms, encouraging players to have sex with the woman who was lying on a floor. McKenzie testified...
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Witness: Vanderbilt rape defendant passed out condoms

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) An ex-Vanderbilt football player charged with rape has testified against his former teammates, telling jurors that one was ''amped'' when he got an unconscious coed in his dorm room in June 2013. Jaborian ''Tip'' McKenzie testified that Brandon Vandenburg passed out condoms, encouraging players to have sex with the woman who was lying on a floor. McKenzie testified...
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Jurors watch video in Vanderbilt football rape trial

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jurors in the rape trial of two ex-Vanderbilt football players have watched surveillance video of a female student being carried into a dorm, put in an elevator and dragged out after the doors opened. Four former players are accused in the alleged rape of the unconscious female in a dorm room at the Nashville school in June 2013. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory...
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15 days ago  |  Discuss

Ex-Vanderbilt player's lawyer tries to keep charges out

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The lawyer for a former Vanderbilt football player accused of rape is fighting to keep jurors from hearing allegations that the defendant urinated on an unconscious co-ed during the attack. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are being tried this week for rape. They and two other former players who are charged have pleaded not guilty. A prosecutor told jurors...
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Jury selection begins for 2 former Vandy players trial on rape charges

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- As attorneys begin selecting jurors in a rape trial involving two former Vanderbilt football players, a prosecutor says the case hinges on what took place for 32 minutes in a dorm -- not on youth drinking or what happens on college campuses. Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman talked with prospective jurors Tuesday. Four former players are accused of...
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Attorney: Vanderbilt rape trial must focus on dorm incident

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) As attorneys begin selecting jurors in a rape trial involving two former Vanderbilt football players, a prosecutor says the case hinges on what took place for 32 minutes in a dorm - not on youth drinking or what happens on college campuses. Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman talked with prospective jurors Tuesday. Four former players are accused of...
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Jury selection underway for 2 ex-Vandy players in rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Prospective jurors in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm are being asked about their use of social media and whether they think drinking is morally wrong. Lawyers also want to know whether they know anyone who has ever been sexually abused or raped. Former players Brandon Vandenburg and...
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Jury selection for 2 ex-Vandy football players in rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Jury selection is underway in the trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm. The trial is expected to feature sexually graphic videos, photos and questions about whether the role of alcohol intoxication can be used as a defense in some instances. Four former players are accused of raping an unconscious...
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19 days ago  |  Discuss

2 ex-players to testify against others in Vandy rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Prosecutors say two former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape will testify against two former teammates who are set to be tried next week. All four of the school's former players are accused of raping an unconscious woman at the Nashville school in June 2013. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are scheduled to go to trial next week. Both are charged...
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21 days ago  |  Discuss

Vandy eager to play after worst loss in 20 years

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason seems to have gotten the attention of his Commodores coming off the program's worst loss in 20 years. Mason spent two weeks focusing on Mississippi State treating the game as a bowl, and his Commodores wound up being thumped 51-0. The Vanderbilt coach could be heard dressing down the Commodores in the locker room, and Mason said...
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November 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt dismisses RB Seymour from team for rules violation

  Vanderbilt has dismissed running back Jerron Seymour for violating team rules. School spokesman Larry Leathers confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday. The Tennessean first reported the move. Seymour was on the depth chart released Tuesday but was not at practice Wednesday. Coach Derek Mason tells The Tennessean the fourth-year junior remains in school and is scheduled to graduate...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt dismisses RB Jerron Seymour from team

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Vanderbilt has dismissed running back Jerron Seymour for violating team rules. School spokesman Larry Leathers confirmed the dismissal on Wednesday. The Tennessean first reported the move. Seymour was on the depth chart released Tuesday but was not at practice Wednesday. Coach Derek Mason tells The Tennessean the fourth-year junior remains in school and is...
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November 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Vanderbilt rape case delayed until January

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) The trial of two former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm has been continued because one of the defense attorneys needs surgery. Jury selection began Monday with a prosecutor warning prospective jurors the trial would contain sexually graphic videos and photos. A spokeswoman for the Davidson County district attorney general...
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November 04, 2014  |  Discuss

Jury selection starts in Vanderbilt rape case

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Potential jurors in the case against two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a student in a campus dorm were warned Monday that the trial will contain sexually graphic videos and photos. Davidson County Assistant District Attorney General Jan Norman also said that jurors would likely spend a great deal of time talking about different...
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November 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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