Ex-Vanderbilt players face August trial date for rape - WKRN News 2

Ex-Vanderbilt players face August trial date for rape

Posted: Updated: Oct 16, 2013 05:00 PM CDT
Corey Batey learned of his trial date in a Davidson County courtroom Wednesday morning. Corey Batey learned of his trial date in a Davidson County courtroom Wednesday morning.
The alleged rape occurred in Brandon Vandenburg's dorm room at Vanderbilt University. The alleged rape occurred in Brandon Vandenburg's dorm room at Vanderbilt University.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

An August trial date has been set for two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping an unconscious female student in June.
 
Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey were in court Wednesday morning when a judge set their trial date for August 11, 2014.

The other two former players charged in the case, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, were in the courthouse but were not in the courtroom.

The district attorney's office decided to sever the men's trials.  It is likely that Banks and McKenzie will testify against Vandenburg and Batey.

"That was the decision made by the state. There can be many reasons for severance. It could be because they're going to testify, could be because there are statements they made that we're going to use at the trial that can't be used against the others. There are various tactical decisions for severance," said prosecutor Tom Thurman. 

"This case is complicated already. It's certainly a strategic move by the state to secure witnesses to testify at the trial. I think they're doing what they need to do to make their case as strong as they can and that's what they've done. That's what you'd expect them to do," said Batey's attorney, Warrick Robinson.  

A trial date has not been set for Banks and McKenzie.

Attorneys have not said whether or not they will be given a plea deal.

Each of the four co-defendants is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.  They are no longer on the football team or at Vanderbilt University.

Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

The alleged sexual assault occurred on June 23 in Vandenburg's room in the Gillette House dormitory on campus.

All four men pleaded not guilty.

Former wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea for his role in attempting to cover up the crime.  As a part of his plea deal, Boyd must testify at the trial.

Two California men are also charged in connection to the crime.

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