More arrests in JSU hazing case
by Paige Rentz
More hazing suspects have been arrested in recent days, bringing the total to 13 in an investigation into an alleged hazing incident last year involving a Jacksonville State University fraternity.

Three more arrests have been made since Saturday, when Antonio Jarrell Davis, 28, was charged with first-degree assault, a felony, and two counts of misdemeanor hazing. Juston Eugene Thomas, 22, and Brandon Marquell Bush, 23 were arrested Sunday and Monday, respectively, on the same charges, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

Six other men have been arrested on these charges in recent weeks, including Juston Patrick Daniel, 22; Benjamin Joshua Puckett, 23; Carl Robinson, 22; Rhyan Anthony Swanson, 24; Adeoye Deji Faleti, 23; and Daniel Dwayne Covington, 22.

Four men have been charged with misdemeanor hazing only. These include Justavious Quintae Johnson, 22; Jeremy Deshaun Potts, 21; Roosevelt Morgan Jr., 21; and Mikel Deloch Whittier, 22.

Calhoun County District Attorney Brian McVeigh announced in October that a grand jury had issued indictments stemming from a Nov. 26, 2011, incident involving a JSU fraternity and that more indictments were expected.

The fraternity, JSU’s chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha, has since been dismissed from campus. A university official has said that the incident was one of the worst hazing cases the school has seen.

While no details have emerged from the investigations by the university or the district attorney’s office, a lawsuit filed by former Alpha Phi Alpha pledge Jason Horton in Calhoun County Circuit Court lists a number of allegations. Court documents allege that the hazing incident lasted for more than four hours, during which time pledges were made to consume large quantities of alcohol, were struck by eggs and other flying objects and beaten for long periods of time with fists and paddles.

The complaint, filed in July, also claims that when Horton vomited blood the next day, active members of the chapter repeatedly told him that it was tomato sauce and discouraged him from seeking medical treatment. When he was taken to a hospital later that night, according to the complaint, he was bleeding internally and his urine was black, his liver was enlarged and his kidneys were functioning at 50 percent. He remained in the hospital for 24 days recovering from his injuries.

Staff Writer Paige Rentz: 256-235-3564. On Twitter @PRentz_Star.
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