3 ex-Vanderbilt players remain jailed, 1 released on bond
Aug 12, 2013 01:22 AM
Cory Batey, 19, was arrested on Friday at his Nashville home.
Brandon Vandenburg, 20, was arrested upon his return to Nashville at the airport just after 2 a.m. Saturday.
Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, was booked into jail around 8:30 a.m. Saturday. He was released on a $50,000 bond.
Brandon Banks, 19, surrendered himself to police Sunday around 7 p.m.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Three of the four former Vanderbilt football players remain jailed after being indicted in connection to a sex crime that occurred on campus.
Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg are charged with raping a 21-year-old unconscious female inside of Vandenburg's dorm room at Gillette House during the early morning hours of June 23.
All four are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
Batey, 19, was taken into police custody at his Nashville home on Friday.
He was immediately transported to Nashville General Hospital for HIV blood testing, mandatory in cases involving rape, before being taken to the Metro jail, where he is being held on a $350,000 bond.
Batey's lawyer, Worrick Robinson, said he expects his client to make bond.
"He's a young man scheduled to enter his second year of college. He has an excellent track record. He has an excellent reputation. This is something totally new to him. He is having to deal with it and process it, but it's the situation he's in and he's going to do that," Robinson stated.
Vandenburg, 20, was arrested upon his return to Nashville at the Nashville International Airport just after 2 a.m. Saturday.
His attorney, Albert Perez, said, "We're hoping the evidence will come out and show that he's innocent of these charges.
Perez told News 2 exclusively that he plans to ask for a lower bond on Monday.
McKenzie, 19, was booked into jail around 8:30 a.m. Saturday after a mandatory HIV blood test. He has since been released on a $50,000 bond.
Banks, 19, surrendered himself to police Sunday around 7 p.m. He was also taken to Nashville General Hospital for mandatory blood testing and is currently being held on $250,000 bond.
University officials learned of the incident involving the four men while checking surveillance video regarding an unrelated matter.
In the video, university officials stated they "observed concerning behavior" by the four football players.
Police spokesperson Don Aaron said the victim has been working closely with police during the investigation.
"This investigation is active and continuing. We are not ruling out the possibility of additional charges as we, in part, examine what role other persons may have had in this incident," Aaron said.
All four men were dismissed from Vanderbilt's football team in late June for violation of team rules.
Head coach James Franklin previously called it a "privilege, not a right" to be part of Vanderbilt's football program.
In a statement late Friday afternoon, Vanderbilt's Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs, Beth Fortune, said, in part, "The charges brought today against the four former Vanderbilt football players allege conduct which is abhorrent and will never be tolerated. We will review our athletics program to be sure that it, like all other programs at the university, reflects our culture of community and respect for others and that our student athletes are held to the same high standards of conduct as all our students."
She continued, "We are a strong and close-knit community, and we will grow stronger and closer as we deal with today's announcement and the resolution of the charges that have been brought."