Ex-Vanderbilt football players in rape case seek separate trials

Ex-Vanderbilt football players in rape case seek separate trials

October 15th, 2015 by Associated Press in Local Regional News

Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey wait for court to start during day six of the Vanderbilt rape trial on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015, in Nashville.

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NASHVILLE -- Two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping an unconscious student in 2013 have renewed their request to go to trial separately.

The Tennessean reports that, according court documents released Wednesday, the attorneys for 22-year-old Brandon Vandenburg and 21-year-old Cory Batey are asking to separate their cases and delay their trials. The two have been set for trial Nov. 30.

Vandenburg's attorneys say some of Batey's statements, including a post-trial appearance on the TV show "Dr. Phil," cannot be used against their client. The attorneys say that if the two men are tried together, the use of Batey's statements would risk violating Vandenburg's rights to a fair trial.

Vandenburg and Batey were found guilty of aggravated rape in January. That verdict was declared a mistrial because a juror did not disclose he was a victim of rape.


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