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UPDATE: Vanderbilt rape retrial juror responds to criticism after verdict

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UPDATE: For the first time, one of the jurors in last week's Vanderbilt rape retrial is talking to the media and she's speaking only to Channel 3. 

The jury from Hamilton County found former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey guilty on seven charges, including aggravated rape.

READ MORE | Cory Batey found guilty of aggravated rape, lesser charges 

But four of the seven charges were lesser than originally charged. 

The jury has faced criticism in the days since the verdict. 

"What was the most compelling evidence for you?" Eyewitness News Reporter Michelle Heron asks. 

"Probably the pictures," the juror says, "They were graphic and no one should have to go through that."

Juror number 11 spoke with Channel 3 about the experience but asked Channel 3 not to reveal her identity. 

Even the victim in the case criticized the jury in a statement released after the verdict saying, "I am deeply disappointed with the jury's verdict."

"I'm sorry she feels that way, but it was done by the evidence that was presented," the juror says.

"Four of the seven charges were of of lesser charges. Does that show the jury was struggling with anything?" Heron asks. 

"No. No, it was based on the evidence," the juror says. 

This juror was chosen as an alternate but says the 12 jurors deliberated for two hours before arriving at their verdict.

READ MORE | Jury for Vanderbilt rape retrial selected from Hamilton Co.; attorneys face challenges 

Some of criticized them for rushing their decision to get home after spending a week in Nashville for the trial. Something this juror denies.

"They talked. They looked at evidence, they looked at videos, they talked. They looked at evidence, they looked at videos. They didn't rush into it," she says. 

But for this woman, who is a mother, herself, what happened inside the Vanderbilt dorm is something she'll never forget. 

"When you see stuff that you don't think would ever happen to somebody, and hear things that went on, you just don't think about it and it can make your heart real tender," she says. 

Cory Batey is facing 15-25 years in prison.

He will be sentenced on May 20. 


For the first time, Channel 3 is hearing from one of the jurors from the Vanderbilt rape retrial. 

The jury from Hamilton County found former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey guilty on seven charges, including aggravated rape.

READ MORE | Jury for Vanderbilt rape retrial selected from Hamilton Co.; attorneys face challenges

The 12 jurors and two alternates were sequestered to Nashville for the trial that lasted a week. 

Batey will be held in the Metro Jail until his sentencing hearing May 20.

Channel 3's Michelle Heron talked with one of the 14 people chosen.

Hear more from that juror tonight on Eyewitness News at 11.

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