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Vanderbilt rape case: Detective testifies about images, videos taken during assault

Posted June 20

— Jurors were warned they would see some very "unsettling" things throughout the course of the trial for a former Vanderbilt football player.

Brandon Banks is one of four men accused of raping an unconscious female student inside a dorm room in 2013. He is the third of his teammates to go to trial.

Detective Chad Gish, who recovered several pictures and videos of the assault taken on the defendants' cellphones, is testifying on Tuesday.

Investigators say they found a total of 41 videos and pictures between the four student athletes' phones. More than 20 were reportedly recovered on Banks' cellphone.

On Monday in court, Banks stared straight ahead, showing little emotion, as jurors watched surveillance video from inside the dorm leading up the assault.

The state argues those videos make it clear the men thought the violent assault was no big deal.

The defense isn't denying Banks was involved in the assault, but they're trying to prove that two of the other men - Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey, who have already been convicted - pressured and bullied him into doing it.

The only remaining former player who hasn't gone to trial is Jaborian McKenzie. There's no word yet on when that will happen.


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