Judge Allows Removal Of GPS Ankle Device For Cory Batey
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A judge has ruled that one of four former Vanderbilt football players accused of rape can have his GPS ankle device removed.
Cory Batey was back before a Davidson County judge Tuesday morning to ask for the removal of the device, and it was approved.
Last month, Batey's attorney made a case for it to be removed, saying the device was too costly. The judge ruled he could come back in a month's time for review.
The device was placed on Batey after a bond source hearing in August, after the district attorney's office believed he was a potential flight risk due to statements he made from jail phones about "never coming back to this place."
Batey's attorney, Worrick Robinson, said his client was emotionally distraught when he made the statements in jail.
Batey has pleaded not guilty to five counts of
aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. He is a lifelong
resident of Nashville.
An August 11th trial date has been set for Batey along with 20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg.
Trial dates for Tip McKenzie and Brandon Banks, both 19, have not been set. Their cases were separated from the other two players in October, and it's believed they will testify against Batey and Vandenburg.
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.
They have been dismissed from the team and suspended from school. They remain out of jail on bond, awaiting trial.
In September, wide receiver Chris Boyd entered a conditional guilty plea to attempting to help cover up the crime. He was dismissed from the team but allowed to stay in school.
Two other California men have been charged with tampering with evidence in connection with the case.
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- Nov. 26, 2013: Former Vandy Player Charged With Rape Appears In Court
- Nov. 25, 2013: Exclusive: Vanderbilt Rape Suspect Speaks Out
- Nov. 7, 2013: California Man Pleads Not Guilty To Evidence Tampering In Vandy Case
- Oct. 16, 2013: Trial Date Set For 2 Dismissed Vanderbilt Players
- Oct. 11, 2013: California Man Charged In Vandy Rape Case Surrenders
- Sep. 26, 2013: Plea Deals Unlikely For Suspects In Vandy Rape Case
- Sep. 19, 2013: DA Says Quarterback, Coach Not Involved In Rape Case
- Sep. 17, 2013: Vanderbilt's WR Boyd Dismissed From Team
- Sep. 13, 2013: Suspended Vandy WR Boyd Pleads Guilty, New Details Released
- Sep. 11, 2013: Journalist Defends Using 'Anonymous Sources' In Vanderbilt Story
- Sep. 10, 2013: James Franklin: Dismisses Report In Rape Case
- Sep. 4, 2013: Former Vanderbilt Player Vandenburg Released On Bond
- Aug. 21, 2013: Former Vanderbilt Players Plead Not Guilty In Rape Case
- Aug. 20, 2013: Vanderbilt WR Boyd, 2 Others Indicted In Vanderbilt Case
- Aug. 16, 2013: Ex-Vanderbilt Player Released After Posting Bond
- Aug. 15, 2013: Former Vanderbilt Player Pleads Not Guilty In Rape Case
- Aug. 12, 2013: Hearing Set For Former Vandy Players Accused Of Rape
- Aug. 9, 2013: Final Ex-Vanderbilt Player Turns Himself Into Cops