VANDERBILT PLAYERS FOUND GUILTY OF RAPE
The rape happened in a span of 30 minutes. The case has been pending 19 months. The trial took 12 days. The jury deliberations took just a little more than 3 hours.
When the verdicts came in at 4:52 p.m. Tuesday, former Vanderbilt University football players Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were found guilty in the rape of an unconscious woman in a dorm on June 23, 2013.
Batey, whose 21st birthday was Tuesday, did not visibly react. But his family members — his mother and uncles and cousins, who filled two rows of court benches — broke into sobs.
Vandenburg, 21, shook his head after the foreman read: "Count 1, we find Mr. Vandenburg guilty of aggravated rape." His father, Rob Vandenburg, yelled out into the courtroom, later wiping his eyes with a scarf. "That is terrible," he said. His grief nearly muted the foreman, who continued reading verdicts. All were guilty.
One juror appeared to have tears in her eyes. As the verdict was read, the victim — who does not remember the rape — held her mother's hand and held back tears.
In a statement, the victim — who sat through every day of the trial — thanked prosecutors, detectives and victims advocates.
"You are my heroes and I am so proud of and grateful for each of you," the statement read.
Corey Batey and Brandon Vandenburg will be sentenced March 6th.
Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie are also facing charges for the 2013 sexual assault, but no trial dates, yet.
COFFEE THAT PUTS YOU TO SLEEP?
"40 WINKS" BEDTIME BLEND AND "LIGHTS OUT!"
If you love coffee, but it keeps you awake at night, boy are YOU gonna be happy! There's a new coffee out that claims to put you to sleep! It's called Counting Sheep, it's decaf, and comes in two blends: 40 Winks, that has organic valerian root, an herbal sedative, or Lights Out! which is a stronger version, with even more valerian root.
DEFLATEGATE PETITION GAINING STEAM
A Baltimore man's petition to disqualify the New England Patriots from the Super Bowl is gaining steam. Scott Latshaw wants the AFC Championship Game to be replayed by the two teams the Pats knocked out - the Baltimore Ravens and Indianapolis Colts. The petition on Change.org has has more than 60-thousand signatures. He says the Patriots should be kicked out of Super Bowl 49 for allegedly deflating footballs during games, to give them an advantage. New England plays Seattle this Sunday.
NASHVILLE NAMES SECOND MOST ART VIBRANT CITY
Nashville is on the top of a list for its culture. We've been listed as the second most Art Vibrant City out of more than 900 communities nationwide. The Southern Methodist University's National Center for Arts Research put the list together based on supply and demand for art, as well as government support for it. (Washington, D.C. was number one.)
SNOW IN NEW ENGLAND
A lot of our friends and family are digging their way out of the snow today throughout New England. People in parts of Massachusetts, Maine, New Hampshire, and Connecticut got as much as three feet of snow.
GODADDY PULLS EARLY SUPERBOWL AD
GoDaddy did what they wanted to: they got a lot of publicity from their Super Bowl ad, and they didn't even have to wait till Sunday, when it might get buried among all the other Super Bowl ads. They early-released their commercial called "Journey Home" and then pulled it, after thousands of people complained and millions of people watched it to see what the controversy was about. It featured a golden retriever puppy who found his way home after getting lost, then was sold by his owner on a godaddy website. People were incensed that it showed the breeder/puppy mill life.
NEW FOOD COMBO
And if meat, is not meat-enough for you, KFC has come out with another double down version: the "Double Down Dog" sandwich. It's a hot dog with a fried chicken breast as the bun.
GOOGLE FIBER COMING TO NASHVILLE
Google is bringing its ultra-fast fiber optic Internet to Nashville. Fiber optics have speeds up to 50-times faster than the national broadband average, which means you can download a movie in like, two minutes. It'll be awhile before it's finished... they have to do a network design first, and then start building.
FOUR WOMEN SUING SUMNER COUNTY JAIL OVER STRIP SEARCH
The Sumner County Jail is being sued by four women who say they were strip searched in front of a male guard. The county says he couldn't see them, and no policies were violated.
CHRIS PRATT BEING CONSIDERED FOR INDIANA JONES ROLE
Chris Pratt (from Guardians of the Galaxy) is being considered for the new "Indiana Jones" movie... he'll take on the role made famous by Harrison Ford.
SCIENTOLOGY MOVIE BUZZ
There's a lot of buzz about a new movie being premiered. It's called "Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief," It alleges that Scientology leader David Miscavige asked a former church member to "facilitate the break-up" of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman.
CHEVY CHASE BACK ON TV
ABC is bring together Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo -- stars of the "Vacation" movies -- to star a new pilot comedy called "Chev & Bev."
NEW GHOSTBUSTERS CAST ANNOUNCED
The director of a new version of the 1984 film Ghostbusters says he HAS his lead actors. Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.
Benedict Cumberbatch is apologizing for using the word "colored" in an interview, as he referred to non-caucasian people.
NEW TWITTER FEATURES
And Twitter is rolling out two new features: private group messaging and the ability to post videos directly, rather than just attaching a link.