2nd trial date set for Batey, Vandenburg in Vanderbilt rape case

Cory Batey Vanderbilt rape case, Brandon Vandenburg
From Left: Cory Batey, Brandon Vandenburg. (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A judge has decided the Vanderbilt rape case will go to trial on April 4, 2016.

Jury selection will begin in Chattanooga on March 30.

The District Attorney’s Office had filed a motion requesting the trial begin on Monday, Feb. 29, 2016. It requested that jury selection begin on Feb. 22.

Lawyers for Brandon Vandenburg responded to the motion by stating that they already have a longstanding obligation to other clients in February 2016 and early March 2016.

Vandenburg and Cory Batey were previously convicted of all charges against them, including multiple counts of aggravated rape, earlier this year in the alleged June 2013 rape.

After questions arose if a juror was truthful regarding past sexual assault cases during jury selection, Judge Watkins declared a mistrial when details of the juror’s past came to light.

Since then, both Vandenburg and Batey have been handed down superseding indictments with the same initial charges of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, with

Vandenburg is also facing one additional count of unlawful photography. The defense filed a motion to have the new indictments thrown out, but the motion was denied.

Judge Watkins is expected to rule on a motion by defense attorneys to combine the multiple criminal charges into one sometime in the future.

For now, Vandenburg and Batey will now go to trial on those charges.

Two others accused in the alleged rape, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks, face the same charges but have yet to go to trial.

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