June trial set for third Vanderbilt football player

A third man charged in the rape of an unconscious woman in a Vanderbilt University dorm in 2013 has been scheduled to go to trial June 19.

Lawyers and the judge on the case, Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins, on Thursday set the trial date for Brandon E. Banks.

Banks, 22, has pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. His case has been on hold while two other Commodores football players went to trial and were found guilty and sentenced to prison.

A fourth ex-player, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, has had few appearances in court — except to testify against his former teammates, Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey. Vandenburg is serving a 17-year prison term and Batey was sentenced to 15 years.

Banks' lawyer said plea negotiations will continue as the case moves toward trial. However, legal analysts say it could be a sign that those negotiations have stalled or itself is a negotiation tactic.

Banks is playing football at Lane College in Jackson while his case is pending, the school's roster shows.

This story originally appeared on The Tennessean’s website.


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