GALLERY: Vanderbilt University Rape Case
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The jury in the retrial of former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg have started deliberations.
They were dismissed Saturday shortly before 4 p.m. to discuss Vandenburg’s fate.
Vandenburg is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.
The prosecution concluded its case Friday afternoon after the victim testified for a third time.
During her testimony, she talked about what she remembered from the night of June 22, 2013.
According to the victim, she did not know the other three men involved in the case, including Batey, who was convicted of aggravated rape earlier this year.
She also discussed the rape exam she received, recalling that she was worried Vandenburg would be mad at her for undergoing the examination because it meant he would be asked to give a cheek swab.
She went on to say that she was concerned about how the situation would affect him at school.
“One of my biggest concerns at that time was trying to protect him. And I was worried about them getting kicked off the team,” she explained.
The woman says Vandenburg invited her back to his dorm room the night after the alleged rape and initiated intercourse. Following that night, the victim didn’t see Vandenburg again until he appeared in court.
Vandenburg did not testify in his defense.
The victim’s former roommate, Vandenburg’s former roommate and co-defendant Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie also testified in court on Friday.
Vandenburg and Batey were previously tried together and convicted on all charges before a judge issued a mistrial last year due to juror misconduct.
Batey has since been tried separately and was found guilty on one count of aggravated rape and three counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of facilitation of aggravated rape and two counts of attempted aggravated rape.
Two others accused in the case, McKenzie and Brandon Banks, have yet to go to trial.
They also face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.