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Hearing Set For Former Vandy Players Accused Of Rape

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A hearing for four former Vanderbilt University football players has been set for next week.

Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie are scheduled for an arraignment before Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins on Wednesday, August 21.

An arraignment is the first time defendants or their attorney are given the opportunity to formally hear the charges and enter a plea in the case. Defendants do not have to appear.

The four former players were all taken into custody over the weekend following their indictment Friday on charges of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at his Gillette House dorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23.

The university was made aware of the situation when officials observing the dorm's hallway surveillance recordings for an unrelated situation saw concerning behavior by the defendants.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit.

The investigation was still ongoing and more charges could follow.

McKenzie was released from jail Saturday on $50,000 bond. Banks was released from jail Monday on $250,000 bond following his surrender to police Sunday night. Both Vandenburg and Batey were held in lieu of $350,000 bond.

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