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Retrial of Vanderbilt football player begins in Nashville

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — The re-trial of former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey for the alleged rape of a fellow student is underway in Nashville.

The trial began this morning in Davidson County Criminal Court. Batey is accused of five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

He was convicted of rape last year but that verdict was set aside after it was discovered that a juror had failed to divulge that he’d been the victim of a statutory rape as a teen.

Due to the extensive media coverage of the first trail, a jury for the new case was chosen last week in Chattanooga. The jurors chosen were bused to Nashville yesterday and will be sequestered during the trail.

Former Batey teammate Brandon Vandenburg is also facing retrial, but his case will be tried separately. Two other men accused in the same sexual assault are still awaiting trial.