Jury of 10 men, 4 women selected for upcoming Vanderbilt rape trial

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WKRN) – A jury of 10 men and four women have been selected for the upcoming retrial in the high-profile Vanderbilt University rape case.

Cory Batey will face the jury, chosen in Chattanooga, in Nashville on April 4 as his lawyer and state prosecutors give their open statements.

On Monday, his trial was severed from that of his former co-defendant Brandon Vandenburg as one of Vandenburg’s lawyers handles an unknown medical condition.

MORE: Click here for full coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case

During Thursday’s jury selection, potential jurors were reminded by prosecutors that intoxication is not a defense for aggravated rape.

Defense then asked the jurors if they think intoxication is morally wrong. Batey’s defense team hinged on it during the first trial, the verdict of which was thrown out by the judge due to juror misconduct.

Batey faces five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He’s been out of jail since the mistrial was granted in June 2015.

Reporter Chris Bundgaard is in Chattanooga covering the jury selection process. Follow him at @bundgaard2 on Twitter for updates.

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