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Jury dismisses after almost 6 hours of deliberations in Brandon Banks trial

Posted June 23

— Jurors have decided to go home for the night after deliberating for almost six hours to reach a verdict in the trial for former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Banks.

Banks is charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery for his role in the gang rape of an unconscious female student in a dorm room on this day in 2013.

After a lengthy reading of jury instructions, jurors were dismissed around 2:35 p.m. Thursday.

Just after 8 p.m., Judge Monte Watkins called the jury into the courtroom, which is when the jury foreman announced they were ready to dismiss for the night. The jury will return at 9 a.m. Friday.

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