Rape trial underway for 2 ex-Vanderbilt football players

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A prosecutor has told jurors that a group of former Vanderbilt football players ruined the life of a promising young neuroscience student when they raped her in a dorm in January 2013.

In opening statements Tuesday, Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman said the former players giggled, shot video and sent text messages while they sexually abused the woman.

Four former players are accused of raping an unconscious coed in a dorm on the Nashville campus in June of 2013. All have pleaded not guilty.

Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey are being tried this week on multiple charges.

Attorneys for the two said evidence would show they are innocent, and not responsible for what others did to the woman.

One of Vandenburg’s attorneys called the prosecutor’s statements “inflammatory.”

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