NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The state rested its case Friday in the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg. He is one of the ex-Vanderbilt University football players at the center of a rape case that has gained national attention.
Several people took the stand, including the alleged victim. This was her third time testifying in the Vanderbilt rape case.
Victim in case takes the stand
She discussed what happened on the night in question and the days following when she was given a rape exam. The victim said she was worried that Vandenburg would be mad at her because he would have to give a cheek swap if she got the examination.
According to the victim, she did not know the other three men charged in the case. She was also concerned about how the incident would affect Vandenburg.
“One of my biggest concerns at that time was trying to protect him. And I was worried about them getting kicked off the team,” she explained.
She went on to say that she saw Vandenburg romantically the night after the alleged rape, but didn’t see him again until they appeared in court.Vandenburg’s roommate speaks
Vandenburg’s former roommate also took the stand Friday.
Mack Prioleau is the only person who was inside the dorm at Gillette Hall who was not charged with rape on the night of the alleged assault.
He has since admitted to not doing anything to stop it upon being awakened.
“… I was the only one who really knew what was happening,” Prioleau said in part after being questioned about sending a text message pertaining to that June 2013 night.
Prioleau also stated that Vandenburg said, “Squeeze that [expletive]” and was heard laughing on the night in question, which occurred nearly three years ago in a dorm room the two shared at Vanderbilt University.
Prioleau originally testified in Vandenburg’s first trial which was ultimately declared a mistrial after the jury foreman did not reveal he had been a sexual assault victim.Victim’s roommate shares story
The alleged victim’s roommate, Lauren Miller, also testified on Friday afternoon.
She spoke in detail about her best friend’s appearance the morning after the alleged June 2013 rape.
“There were several different things that were alarming to me. One of the first things I noticed was her hair. It appeared as if it had gotten wet, and been dried again. It was very matted,” Miller said.
Co-defendant Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie also wrapped up his testimony Friday morning.
McKenzie testified that Vandenburg was “in control” on that night in question in 2013.
“Well, from the things he was saying, you know, he was like kind of in control. Like he, when he pushed us back off the elevator, when he grabbed us and asked us for help, when he passed out the condoms and made sure everybody passed out a condom and he covered the cameras up, so like, he was in control,” he said.
McKenzie also admitted he lied in a police interview in July 2013.
Also Friday, a juror was dismissed in Vandenburg’s retrial due to medical issues.
Vandenburg and McKenzie, along with two other ex-Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey and Brandon Banks are all charged in the case.
Batey has since been found guilty in the case after a retrial earlier this year. He remains jailed awaiting sentencing.
Vandenburg is charged with five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography.
Banks and McKenzie have yet to go to trial.Click here for complete coverage of the Vanderbilt rape case.
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