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Ex Vanderbilt Football Players Giggled Shooting Video While Sexually Assaulting Woman

January 15, 2015  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Ex Vanderbilt Football Players Giggled Shooting Video While Sexually Assaulting Woman Brandon Vandenberg (left) - Image courtesy of nydailynews.com

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Surveillance video was the star witness on the first day of the Nashville trial of two former Vanderbilt University football players accused of raping a female neuroscience student in a campus dorm.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also faces additional charges of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography.

Cory batey - Image courtesy of jrn.com

Cory batey – Image courtesy of jrn.com

Four former players are accused of raping the unconscious coed in June 2013, but two will testify in the case. Both defense attorneys warned jurors about the two other former players who are charged in the case: Brandon Banks and Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie are expected to testify against Vandenburg and Batey.

Video appears to show Vandenburg carrying the victim from a car outside the building into the dorm, according to testimony from Vanderbilt University Police Lt. Donnie Harville.

Players were apparently seen on video dragging the unconscious woman down the hall. They giggled, shot video and sent text messages while they sexually abused her in an assault that began in a hallway, the prosecutor alleged.

“You’ll be convinced beyond a reasonable doubt that these defendants are guilty of every count … They not only violated the laws of this state, but the very principles of human decency,” Assistant District Attorney Tom Thurman told jurors, WSMV reported.

Thurman described in explicit detail how one former player assaulted her with a water bottle while a teammate egged him on. The prosecutor said one of the players passed out condoms and assaulted her.

And one of the former players urinated on her and made a racial statement, Thurman alleged.

Three of the ex-players are black and one is white. The victim is white.

The defense will blame alcohol and a culture of binge drinking and sexual promiscuity on campus. Alcohol intoxication cannot be used as a defense for aggravated rape.

However, defense attorneys hope that jurors will consider that their clients weren’t even of legal drinking age and were heavily intoxicated when the events took place.

“I think the proof will be very clear at the end of the trial that alcohol played a role in what happened in that dorm room,” Worrick Robinson, an attorney who represents Batey, told jurors.

He said Batey was so drunk that he blacked out that night.

Robinson also told jurors that there is no evidence of Batey’s DNA in the dorm room and no evidence of his fingerprints on a condom box.

One of Vandenburg’s attorneys called the prosecutor’s statements elegant but “inflammatory” and said evidence would show that his client was not responsible for what someone else did to the woman.

Fletcher Long, one of Vandenburg’s defense attorneys, told jurors that they have changed their stories repeatedly.

From the Ny Daily News

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