New Indictments Handed Down In Vanderbilt Rape Case

Posted at 6:52 PM, Jul 07, 2015
and last updated 2015-08-30 18:50:32-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New indictments have been handed down in the Vanderbilt rape case.

The move comes two weeks after Judge Monte Watkins declared a mistrial which resulted in both Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey to post bond and be released from jail.

In January, a jury convicted both men on multiple counts of aggravated rape and sexual assault of an unconscious woman inside a Vanderbilt dorm room back in 2013.

The new indictments, which do not include any new charges, were issued Tuesday and are part of the process to bring the two back to trial.

New indictments have also been filed against Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie and Brandon Banks.

All four men are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg is also charged with one count of unlawful photography. The new indictments do not include Vandenburg’s original charge of tampering with evidence.

An arraignment hearing is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Birch Building in Nashville.

The mistrial was declared after jury foreman Todd Easter failed to mention he was a victim of statutory rape during jury selection.

While out on bond both Vandenburg and Batey are required to wear a GPS ankle bracelet, surrender their passports and check in weekly with their bonding companies.

Nashville District Attorney Glenn Funk said a new trial could begin as early as September.