Vanderbilt Rape Case Update: Four Former Football Players Plead Not Guilty On Rape Charges

Source: Erin Donaghue / CBS News

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Four former Vanderbilt football players have pleaded not guilty to charges against them in the June 23 rape of an unconscious woman at an on-campus dormitory, CBS affiliate WTFV reports.

Attorneys for Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Calif., Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, and Brandon Banks, 18, of Md., entered pleas on their behalf during a Wednesday arraignment. The three were not in the courtroom.

A fourth former football player, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss., had reportedly already entered a “not guilty” plea, and waived his right to an arraignment.

Vandenburg, Batey, Banks and McKenzie were indicted August 9 on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Police said there was “compelling, unsettling evidence” against the four. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

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