Jury convicts 2 ex-Vanderbilt players of raping woman

Jan 27, 2015 5:23 PM by Associated Press

A jury has convicted two ex-Vanderbilt football players of raping a former student inside a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for about three hours before finding Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey guilty. They face decades in prison.

Prosecutors say Vandenburg brought an unconscious 21-year-old woman he had been seeing back to his dorm room after a night of drinking in 2013 and the assault occurred as he took pictures.

Defense attorneys say Vandenburg took "deplorable" photos but did not take part in the assault. Batey testified that he was so drunk he didn't remember what happened until he later saw cellphone photos and video.

The alleged victim testified she didn't remember the alleged assault.

Two other former players, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie are also facing charges.

After being dismissed from Vanderbilt, Banks enrolled at Butte College and joined the school's football team, but was dismissed in September when Action News Now learned he was a defendant in the Vanderbilt rape case.

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


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