Jury in Vandenburg rape retrial starts deliberations

News 2 reporter Chris Bundgaard is following the case from the courtroom. Follow him on Twitter for live updates.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The jury in the retrial of former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg have started deliberations.

They were dismissed Saturday shortly before 4 p.m. to discuss Vandenburg’s fate.

He is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.

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The prosecution concluded its case Friday afternoon afterthe victim testified for a third time.

The prosecution in Vandenburg's retrial (Photo: WKRN)
The prosecution in Vandenburg’s retrial (Photo: WKRN)

She previously took the stand in the joint trial of Vandenburg and co-defendant Cory Batey, which was later declared a mistrial, and again in the retrial of Batey this April.

During her testimony,  she talked about what she remembered from the night of June 22, 2013.

According to the victim, she did not know the other three men involved in the case, including Batey, who was convicted of aggravated rape earlier this year.

She also discussed the rape exam she received, recalling that she was worried Vandenburg would be mad at her for undergoing the examination because it meant he would be asked to give a cheek swab.

She went on to say that she was concerned about how the situation would affect him at school.

“One of my biggest concerns at that time was trying to protect him. And I was worried about them getting kicked off the team,” she explained.

The woman says Vandenburg invited her back to his dorm room the night after the alleged rape and initiated intercourse. Following that night, the victim didn’t see Vandenburg again until he appeared in court.

Vandenburg did not testify in his defense.

Brandon Vandenburg's defense (Photo: WKRN)
Brandon Vandenburg’s defense (Photo: WKRN)

The victim’s former roommate, Vandenburg’s former roommate and co-defendant Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie alsotestified in court on Friday.

Vandenburg and Batey were previously tried together and convicted on all charges before a judge issued a mistrial last year due to juror misconduct.

Batey has since been tried separately and was found guiltyon one count of aggravated rape and three counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of facilitation of aggravated rape and two counts of attempted aggravated rape.

Two others accused in the case, McKenzie and Brandon Banks, have yet to go to trial.

They also face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Click here for News 2 coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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