After three hours of deliberations, the jury hearing the case against two former Vanderbilt football players in Nashville has returned a verdict and found them both guilty of rape. This trial was for the first two of four defendants accused of rape in a 2013 incident which stunned the Vanderbilt football program and has seen a lot of publicity. Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey faced seven counts each of aggravated rape and sexual battery, with Vandenburg adding evidence tampering and unlawful photography to his total.
The trial has taken 12 days of arguments, but the deliberations were relative swift. The defendants were both found guilty on all counts and charges. Given the massive amount of coverage this case has received, there is likely to be a lot of discussion of what punishment they should and will receive leading up to the March 6 date set for sentencing in this case. Once complete, attention will shift to the trial of the other two former players also charged in connection with this incident.
By Jim Malone
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