Attorneys remain tight-lipped on status hearing in Vanderbilt rape case

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The second Vanderbilt University rape trial is expected to start next week after the two men accused were granted a mistrial last June.

A status hearing was held Monday with Judge Monte Watkins where state prosecutors and defense attorneys met behind closed doors, both remaining tight-lipped about what happened.

Assistant DA Tom Thurman did confirm to News 2 that jury selection is still scheduled for this week in Hamilton County.

“Yes, we’ll be in Chattanooga picking a jury for at least one of the defendants on Wednesday,” Thurman said.

When News 2 asked why it was just for at least one defendant, the DA replied, “Well, I can’t really comment on it; at least one. We’ll just have to see what the judge rules today.”

There have been several unsuccessful attempts to get separate trials for Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg in the past.

Batey’s attorney Worrick Robinson told News 2 after the closed door hearing, “For me, I’m moving forward.”

WKRN also reached out to Vandenburg’s attorney, Troy Bowling, who has yet to respond. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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