Ex-Vanderbilt player breaks silence as he continues wearing GPS
Dec 17, 2013 03:06 PM CST
Reported By Chris Bundgaard, Reporter - bio | email
Cory Batey in court Tuesday, December 17.
Cory Batey with lawyer Worrick Robinson in court Tuesday, December 17.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
Vanderbilt University rape suspect Cory Batey says he's "sticking close to faith and family" after a hearing Monday on a request before a Nashville judge.
Batey and his attorney Worrick Robinson appeared in court after filing a motion last week asking that a GPS tracking device be removed from Batey's ankle.
Robinson told Judge Monte Watkins that Batey was the only one of the four ex-Vanderbilt football players charged with raping an unconscious female student in June who had to wear the device as a condition of his bond.
Deputy District Attorney Tom Thurman argued Batey was a flight risk who had made statements while incarcerated such as "I am never coming back to jail" and "I am never coming back to this place."
Judge Watkins said he will decide within 30 days if Batey must continue to wear the device.
Following Tuesday's hearing, Batey made a brief statement saying, "I think under the circumstances I am doing as well as I can. I am sticking close to my faith and my family. That's it."
The Nashville native was accompanied to court by his mother.
Robinson said the judge may simply issue an order within 30 days, rather than hold another hearing.
Prosecutor Thurman argued the GPS device on Batey "should stay in place."
He added that "I think in all likelihood there would be more of an issue with him wanting to flee after he sees the evidence as he gets closer to the trial date, than there was initially."
Batey and fellow ex-teammates Brandon Banks, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery for the rape of the 21-year-old woman inside Vandenburg's dorm room during the early morning hours of June 23.
Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
All four men entered pleas of not guilty.
Batey and Vandenburg will go on trial next August. A trial date for the other men has not been set.