Batey, now 23, appeared in the monochrome blue denim uniform worn by Tennessee Department of Correction inmates. He's served about a year of his 15-year-prison term and is housed at Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville.
A hearing was scheduled for Tuesday so Batey's lawyer, Peter Strianse, could argue that Batey should get a new trial. It's routine after a conviction and one that sets the framework for what issues Batey can raise on appeal.
Strianse, who was hired after Batey's April 2016 trial, said he needed more time to prepare. Assistant District Attorney General Roger Moore did not object, and Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins granted the request.
Strianse is expected to file a revised motion by May 26, with a subsequent hearing to be scheduled.
Batey and three other football players at Vanderbilt were charged in 2013 in the gang rape of a woman while she was unconscious. Batey and Brandon Vandenburg stood trial in January 2015, but a mistrial was declared because of an issue with a juror. After a second trial, one year and three days ago another jury delivered a slate of guilty verdicts against Batey.
Vandenburg, who had dated the victim, was convicted in a separate trial in June and was later sentenced to 17 years in the rape. A hearing in his case to discuss a motion for new trial is set for Sept. 5.
Two others, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon E. Banks, are charged and have pleaded not guilty. Banks is set for trial in June.
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