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Ex-Vanderbilt Player Released After Posting Bond

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Cory Batey left court after placing bond Friday. Cory Batey left court after placing bond Friday.
Cory Batey entered the courtroom briefly during a bond hearing Friday. Cory Batey entered the courtroom briefly during a bond hearing Friday.
Cory Batey's family in court during a bond hearing Friday. Cory Batey's family in court during a bond hearing Friday.
Cory Batey Cory Batey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – One of the four former Vanderbilt players accused of raping an unconscious student in a dormitory has been released on bond after a hearing Friday. 

During a bond source hearing for 19-year-old Cory Batey, Batey's attorney told the judge that two bond companies were splitting the bond and were offering Batey a discount after his mother and grandmother raised $20,000.

Batey was arrested August 9, and held on $350,000 bond. Normally, bonding companies require a 10 percent bond fee, which in this case would mean $35,000.

The prosecution opposed the change, saying that the grand jury had set the high bond after hearing the evidence in the case.

The judge ruled that Batey would have to provide $25,000. The judge also disallowed one of the bond companies.

The judge said before his ruling that it was typical for bond companies in Davidson County to reduce their fees, and sometimes not charge any fees.

Batey did not appear in the courtroom, after his attorney stopped him from entering. He was not required to be present.

Batey along with Brandon Banks, 19, of Maryland; Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from California were indicted August 9 on 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.

Banks and McKenzie were already free on bond. Vandenburg remained in jail in lieu of $350,000 bond.

On Tuesday, McKenzie pleaded not guilty and waived his right to appear at arraignment, scheduled for all four on August 21.

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.

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(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)
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