Judge OKs removal of ex-Vandy player's GPS ankle monitor - WKRN News 2

Judge OKs removal of ex-Vandy player's GPS ankle monitor

Posted: Updated: Jan 21, 2014 11:00 AM CST
Cory Batey in court January 21, 2014. Cory Batey in court January 21, 2014.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A judge in Nashville has agreed to the removal of a GPS monitoring device from the ankle of former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey.

Batey and his attorney Worrick Robinson first asked for the device to be removed December 17.

Robinson told Judge Monte Watkins at the time and again Tuesday morning that Batey was the only one of the four ex-Vanderbilt football players charged with raping an unconscious female student last summer who had to wear the device as a condition of his bond.

Prosecutors argued that Batey made statements in jail suggesting he was a flight risk.
 
Robinson said his client has been "nothing but a model citizen since the ankle bracelet was put on him."

Judge Watkins decided Batey could remove the device as long as he reports to his bonding company once a week.

Batey, who wore the device for five months, chose not to comment after Tuesday's hearing.

He 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.

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