Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey left his attorney's office after being released from jail Friday afternoon.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey posted bond and was released from jail Friday afternoon just hours after a Davidson County judge told his family they needed more bail money before he would allow the Nashville 19-year-old to be released.
According to the Davidson County Sheriff's Office Web site, Batey, who is charged with raping a fellow Vanderbilt student in late June, was released at 1:59 p.m.
This morning, Batey was in a room just outside the courtroom in a prison holding area during a hearing on his bond.
At one point, Batey was asked to enter the courtroom for the proceedings, but his attorney Worrick Robinson said his client did not need to be there.
Batey's mother, grandmother and uncle were in the courtroom willing to testify they had spent several days raising $20,000 to put toward Batey's bond.
Instead, the attorney Robinson spoke for the family.
When Batey was arrested August 9, his bond was set at $350,000.
The $20,000 raised initially by the family was shy of the 10% most bonding companies require. However, Worrick Robinson, Batey's attorney, told the courtroom the family had found two companies willing to share the lesser amount.
After conferring with both prosecutors, defense attorneys and the two bonding companies, Judge Watkins told the family they needed $5,000 more before he could be released.
Both the judge and Batey's attorney Worrick Robinson indicated that requesting and granting lesser bonding fees than the usual 10-percent is "not uncommon in this jurisdiction."
Batey and three other ex-Vanderbilt football players are charged with the June 23 rape of an unconscious female student in the Gillette House dormitory.
Also charged are 19-year-olds Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Banks and 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg.
All four men face 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.
McKenzie and Banks were arrested and released on bond last weekend. McKenzie entered a not guilty plea Tuesday.
Vandenburg remains jailed on a $350,000 bond.
An arraignment for all four men is scheduled for August 21.
The players were dismissed from Vanderbilt's football team June 29.