Written by Brian Haas, The Tennessean
The four ex-Vanderbilt University football players charged in the rape of an unconscious student have been scheduled to appear in court Aug. 21.
Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from California; Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Maryland; JaBorian "Tip" McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi; and Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, are all scheduled to appear that day before Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins for their arraignment. While defendants have the option of skipping those hearings, it is the first time they or their attorney are given an opportunity to formally hear the charges and enter a plea in the case.
All four are charged with five counts each of of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. Vandenburg and Batey on Monday remained jailed on $350,000 bond while Banks was being held on $250,000 bond.
McKenzie, who was booked on $50,000 bond, has bonded out of jail.