NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – They are the young faces of mainly former Vanderbilt University students all connected in varying degrees to the alleged rape at a campus dorm in June 2013.
All of them testified Thursday in the rape trial for former football player Cory Batey, who faces five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Each was there to back up or corroborate previous testimony about an unconscious victim in the middle of a dorm hallway.
A roommate of the alleged victim, Lauren Miller, told the court how the young woman was very ill and disheveled the day after the alleged rape.
“When I first saw her, I was shocked at her appearance; she seemed very disheveled,” Miller said.
“There was puke crusted in her hair, there was also vomit on her shirt, it felt very stiff–like her hair, then dried, also strange,” she explained.
Another witness was a friend of Brandon Vandenburg, also charged alongside Batey with the rape of the unconscious female student.
Joey Quinzio testified he initially lied to investigators about receiving texts and videos the night of the alleged rape from Vandenburg.
When asked why he didn’t tell the truth, Quinzio said, “Personally, I was scared and I also believe I was coerced by Mr. Vandenburg and his attorney.”
He was then asked what happened to the iPhone he was using when he received those texts. Quinzio replied, “It was later destroyed by Mr. Vandenburg.”
Both Vandenburg and Batey were previously convicted of the crime in 2015, but the judge ultimately declared a mistrial when it became known a member of the jury had not disclosed he was the victim of a prior sexual assault.
Batey’s trial began in Nashville on Monday. He is being tried separately from Vandenburg, who is scheduled to go to trial later this year.
On Friday, the state will present its final witness in the case, the victim herself.
At this time, it’s possible closing arguments will be held on Saturday.
Reporter Chris Bundgaard will be in the courtroom following the trial. Follow him on Twitter at @bundgaard2.