Jury chosen for Vandenburg’s retrial in Vanderbilt rape case

Brandon Vandenburg
Brandon Vandenburg

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A jury has been selected for the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg in the Vanderbilt rape case.

The selection process started Wednesday in Memphis and wrapped up Thursday evening. The group consists of nine women, five men, and two alternates.

The jury was selected in Memphis after the case garnered so much attention both locally and nationally. Jurors will be brought to Nashville where they will be sequestered during the duration of the trial.

They were told to prepare for up to seven days away from home.

Vandenburg, a former Vanderbilt University football player, will go on trial for a second time for the alleged rape of an unconscious female in June 2013.

A mistrial was declared last year after he was found guilty of all charges against him.

Vandenburg now faces five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

PHOTOS: Vanderbilt University rape case

His former co-defendant, Cory Batey, already went to trial again this year and was found guilty of aggravated rape and lesser charges.

News 2 spoke with an attorney who is not associated with the case to share his legal expertise. Rob McGuire said the severance of the two former students’ is “the big difference” this time around.

“So now it’s easy for Vandenburg to push blame onto Batey for these terrible actions,” McGuire noted. “Batey’s not sitting there, his defense lawyer’s not sitting there. It’s going to be easier for the Vandenburg defense team to shift blame to Batey in this case.”

The lawyer, who works with the McGuire, Menke, Reddick & Shabayek firm, told News 2 he believes Vandenburg will be convicted again.

“The video evidence is extraordinarily compelling. By all accounts, the victim in this case did an excellent job testifying, so I would expect the jury to deliberate fairly but ultimately render a result similar to the one reached last year,” McGuire explained to News 2.

Two other ex-teammates accused in the case, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks, are still awaiting trial.

Click here for News 2 coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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