Former Vanderbilt football player again convicted of rape
NASHVILLE (AP) —
SATURDAY UPDATE: A Nashville jury has found a former Vanderbilt football player guilty on all charges for his role in the rape of an unconscious woman he’d been dating.
It took the jury just over four hours to find 23-year-old Brandon Vandenburg guilty of several counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.
Jurors had to decide whether to find Vandenburg guilty for things other players were accused of doing to the female student in a dorm room in June 2013. His defense maintained he was drunk and should not be held responsible for what other players did. But prosecutors argued that he encouraged the rape and was part of it.
Vandenberg and Cory Batey were convicted last year, but the verdicts were tossed because a juror did not reveal he was a victim of statutory rape.
ORIGINAL STORY: Jurors have begun deliberating in the retrial a former Vanderbilt football player accused of encouraging his teammates to rape an unconscious woman he was dating.
The jury began deliberating Saturday afternoon in the trial of Brandon Vandenburg.
Defense attorneys have maintained that Vandenburg was drunk and should not be held responsible for what his teammates did. Prosecutors have argued that the 23-year-old former player encouraged the rape and passed out condoms to players. They told jurors that he even videotaped the crime and sent footage of the June 2013 dorm room rape to friends.
Vandenburg and Cory Batey were convicted last year of multiple counts of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The verdicts were thrown out after it was revealed that a juror was a victim of statutory rape.