Judge sets stage for Brandon Vandenburg’s upcoming trial

Brandon Vandenburg - Courtesy of WKRN

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Davidson County judge set the stage Wednesday on who exactly the defense can call to the stand during Brandon Vandenburg’s upcoming trial.

Vandenburg is accused of raping an unconscious woman in his Vanderbilt dorm room in June 2013.

Last week, the defense and prosecution squared off during a status hearing regarding the credentials of a forensic analyst and psychologist.

Watkins decided the expert, who will likely be called as a rebuttal witness, can be called upon though some questioning could be limited.

Watkins denied the request for a psychologist, citing a missed deadline to submit required findings.

The judge also denied any reference to “date rape drug” during testimony, said prior conduct of co-defendants cannot be used, and a Metro investigator called to Vandenburg’s Gillette Hall dorm room will not be subpoenaed.

Vandenburg’s trial is set to begin in Nashville June 13. The jury will be chosen from Memphis and sequestered for the duration of the trial.

The former football player is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of unlawful photography.

Click here for complete coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.

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