NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – On Friday morning, prosecutors, rape suspect Cory Batey, and his attorneys met for one last status hearing before his trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.
Batey, a former Vanderbilt football player, is accused of raping an unconscious female student in June 2013. He faces five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
At the beginning of the hearing, Batey asked to address Judge Monte Watkins. He told the judge he was concerned about his legal representation and felt his attorney Worrick Robison was “inadequate.”
Batey said he was frequently unable to reach Robinson during his first trial and described an overall lack of communication from the attorney.
After Batey finished speaking, Judge Watkins was dismissive of his concerns and told him the case would move forward with Batey continuing to be represented by Robinson and attorney Courtney Beasley.
At some point mid-hearing, the former Vanderbilt football player got up and walked out of the courtroom.
He appeared to have been crying as he walked down the hallway toward a men’s bathroom.
His attorneys later said Batey had been feeling sick due to food poisoning but then said he was facing a lot of pressure with the upcoming trial.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys also discussed more than 10 other motions, including whether the alleged rape victim would be referred to as a “victim” or “alleged victim” during the trial.
Judge Watkins said he would make a determination about this at a later time.
Batey’s trial is set to begin Monday, April 4. His trial has been severed from that of his former co-defendant Brandon Vandenburg, whose attorney is reportedly dealing with a medical condition.
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