Cory Batey testifies in Vanderbilt rape case

Cory Batey Jan. 26, 2015
Cory Batey testifying during his trial. (Jan. 26, 2015)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Cory Batey, one of the former Vanderbilt University football players accused in the high profile on-campus rape case, testified Monday morning on his own behalf and apologized to the alleged victim.

Batey, alongside co-defendant Brandon Vandenburg, is accused of raping Vandenburg’s then-girlfriend inside a dorm on June 23, 2013. She was unconscious at the time.

Former teammates Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie are also charged in the case, but a trial has yet to be set for them.

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While on the stand, Batey detailed what he was doing prior to the alleged rape, relaying to the court how many drinks he had and when he allegedly blacked out from the alcohol.

Asst. DA Jan Norman
Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman gives a closing argument on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

When shown videos of the night in question, Batey acknowledged his presence and confirmed he was there while maintaining he “couldn’t recall” a thing that happened.

“No memory of anything?” prosecutors asked.

“I don’t recall anything, no,” Batey replied.

Batey also told the court he was “terrified” in the following days, afraid to tell his mother what was happening after “hearing rumors” around campus.

He then said he “sincerely apologizes” to the victim, who was in the courtroom at the time of his testimony.

“I am just sorry,” Batey said. “I never intended on hurting anyone. I was extremely intoxicated and I would just like to expend a personal apology to [the victim] and my mother.”

The victim sobbed and became physically ill as she heard Batey speak.

After Batey’s morning-long testimony, prosecutors began their closing arguments focusing on co-defendant Vandenburg as much as Batey.

Worrick Robinson
Cory Batey’s lawyer Worrick Robinson gives a closing argument Monday, Jan. 26, 2015.

“Again, Mr. Vandenburg keeps wanting to do more to keep this continuing. This is not one act of him directing, one act of him soliciting, one act of him aiding; it is act upon act upon act. He is in it the entire time,” Assistant DA Jam Norman said to jurors. She was referring to a video being used as evidence in the case that reportedly shows Vandenburg encouraging the other defendants to partake in the alleged sexual assault.

Batey’s attorney closed with speaking of a certain culture in college that pressures students to drink and party.

“What was the culture for Cory Batey? The culture encouraged underage drinking, drinking in your room, going to a party and then going to another party,” said his lawyer Worrick Robinson. “You stay out late. You get drunk. You have sex. It’s not important if you remember it. It’s actually seems to be funnier or more light-hearted and laughable if you don’t remember it.”

Closing arguments resume Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and the jury is expected to receive the case after.

All four former football players each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

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

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