Cory Batey found guilty of aggravated rape in Vanderbilt rape retrial

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A jury found ex-Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey guilty Friday night of raping an unconscious student in the summer of 2013 in a dorm room.

The jury deliberated for two and a half hours before reaching a verdict.

He was found guilty of one count of aggravated rape, three counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of facilitation of aggravated rape and two counts of attempted aggravated rape.

Batey initially faced five counts of aggravated rape. Some of those charges were reduced from the first trial’s guilty verdict.PHOTOS: Cory Batey’s retrial in Vanderbilt rape case

As the verdict was being read, Batey and his family showed very little emotion.

Batey’s bond was revoked, and he was booked into the Metro jail Friday night. His sentencing is scheduled for May 20.

Immediately following the verdict, prosecutors Tom Thurman and Jan Norman addressed the media briefly.

Thurman said he was “satisfied with the verdict.”

Norman added, her office was there to “fight for rape victims.”

Batey’s attorneys said their client was very sober following the outcome of the retrial.

“It’s a tremendous loss for everybody involved,” attorney Worrick Robinson said. “I hope there’s a ripple effect. I hope people learn from this.”

Defense attorney Courtney Teasley added that she’s “disappointed.” She stated that she only came on the case three weeks ago and didn’t have enough time to prepare.

She said that she is going to get started on his appeal immediately.

Batey was booked into the Metro jail and placed on a 72-hour suicide watch until he can be medically and mentally evaluated, which is standard practice for high-profile cases, according to Karla West with the Davidson County Sheriff’s Department.

Following Friday night’s verdict, Vanderbilt University released a statement from Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune that read in part, “The jury has spoken. Our first thoughts are with the victim and the incredible strength she has shown, and continues to show, both throughout the investigation and the legal proceedings. Our heart continues to go out to her as she has endured this retrial. This case has had a lasting impact on us all.”

Victim testifies

Prior to closing arguments Friday afternoon, the jury heard emotional testimony from the victim, followed by Cory Batey testifying in his own defense.

There are few words to describe the gut-wrenching testimony from the victim of a rape, unless they are the victim’s own words.

The victim, who will not be identified by News 2, testified Brandon Vandenburg gave her a blue drink before the alleged rape the night of June 23, 2013 assault in a campus dorm room.

The young woman was asked about the next thing she remembered.

“The next thing I remember is waking up in a room a really long time later,” she said, noting she didn’t recognize the room and it was around 8 a.m. the next morning.

When asked if she knew Cory Batey, whose trial started Monday, the victim stated, “No. Complete stranger.”

She also said she didn’t know Jaborian McKenzie or Brandon Banks, two others charged in the case alongside Batey and Vandenburg, who she was dating at the time.MORE: Complete coverage of Vanderbilt rape case

The victim of the rape said she felt worse as time went on that day, “sore everywhere but particularly in certain places,” explaining she felt ill, had a headache and was disoriented.

When shown photos of the rape and asked if she recognized them, she broke down, saying through tears, “It’s me. It’s me.”

Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman then asked the victim if she consented to anything that happened in those photos. The victim gave a tearful “absolutely not.”

Batey watched the testimony but left the court room holding his stomach during a break before returning.

Batey’s ex-girlfriend testifies

A short time later, Batey’s former girlfriend of two and half years, Sarah Enoch, testified regarding text messages she and Batey exchanged the night of June 23.

In one of the texts, she wrote she would stick up for him and the others should anything happen, but noted that if “something bad” had happened Batey would have been “acting weird,” noting she thought he was acting normal.

Next on the stand was a toxicologist with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, who testified to results of toxicology tests performed after the incident came to light.

The victim’s vomit, urine and blood were tested days after the alleged assault and showed no signs of many drugs, including GHB, a common date rape drug, which did not appear in the tests performed by the TBI.

Batey testifies in own defense

Batey took the stand later Friday afternoon, testifying on his own behalf. But right before he testified, rarely has ever been such a scene in a Nashville court.

The rape defendant and his attorneys argued with the judge about whether or not the defendant would testify.

Batey said to the judge, “I really want to consult with my defense team. I understand that you got somewhere to be tomorrow. And I understand the jury wants to get back. But this is my life. I have a 15-month-old son. Two weeks ago you severed the case. Three days later, I’m going to trial.”

The judge noted the case began the night of the alleged incident in June 2013, and responded saying, “And now he needs additional time to testify?”

Eventually, the ex-Vanderbilt football player did testify, saying he was too drunk to remember his role in the alleged rape or the pictures from the school dorm room incident that he had deleted from his phone.

“I did not know what was on the video. I did not know what someone would see me doing that. I did not know. I did not know, so I did not want something out there to be in circulation and I had not seen it,” Batey said on the stand.

Vandenburg’s trial was severed from Batey’s and is scheduled to go to court later this year. Trial dates have yet to be set for McKenzie or Banks.

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