Court date set for four ex-Vandy players charged with rape

By Jerry Hinnen | College Football Writer

An initial court date has been set for the four former Vanderbilt players charged with multiple counts of rape and sexual battery.

Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif.; Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss., will be arraigned Aug. 21. Each was taken into custody over the weekend after turning himself into police.

Banks was released Monday afternoon after posting his $250,000 bond, the Associated Press reported. McKenzie posted his $50,000 bond Saturday was also released. Vandenburg and Batey continue to be held, each on a $350,000 bond.

The four players stand accused of raping an unconscious female student in Vandenburg's dorm room June 23. All four were dismissed by the team days after the alleged rape.

Police have said the investigation is ongoing.

Five current Vanderbilt players -- including likely starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels -- are listed as potential witnesses for the prosecution in case documents, and are expected to be subpoenaed.

Batey, Banks and McKenzie all redshirted as true freshmen in 2012, with McKenzie leading the team in receiving yards in the 2013 spring game. Vandenburg was a junior college transfer in his first season with the team.

 
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