Monday, January 26, 2009

AU Student Injured at Sig Ep House Files Suit

Felony Assault Warrant Filed in AU Fraternity Fight; Family Files Civil Suit
COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As Auburn University student Taylor Jones returned home to Montgomery after being released from the hospital this weekend, the Lee County District Attorney and the Auburn Police Department issued a warrant Monday morning for the fraternity member accused of assaulting him.

18-year-old Zachary Quillen, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, is being charged with Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree, stemming from the alleged incident back on January 11th.

This news from District Attorney Nick Abbot comes right on the heels of a civil suit filed in the Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama by the Jones' family against Quillen and the fraternity.
The complaint states the fraternity failed to provide proper and adequate security to ensure safety at a party at the fraternity house.

Family of injured AU freshman sues fraternity, student
Katie Stallcup Opelika-Auburn New

The family of an Auburn University student who was injured at a fraternity house earlier this month filed suit Monday afternoon against the national fraternity, the local chapter and a fraternity member.

The suit was filed in Lee County Circuit Court by Beasley, Allen, Crow, Methvin, Portis & Miles of Montgomery. The suit, on behalf of student Taylor G. Jones, was filed in the name of his father, Michael G. Jones.

Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and the local chapter of the fraternity are named as defendants, as well as a student the law firm says is a fraternity member.The suit claims the fraternity failed to provide security and safety at a party at the house late Jan. 10. It does not ask for specific amounts of damages.

Jones, 18, was injured in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 at the Sigma Phi Epsilon house on West Magnolia Avenue, police have said. Jones was taken to The Medical Center in Columbus, where he spent more than a week in the intensive care unit.

Jones was discharged from the hospital Saturday. Police, the university and fraternity officials have said they are investigating the case.

No arrest had been made as of Monday afternoon, but Auburn police have said they expect to present the case to the Lee County district attorney for review Monday.A response to the suit has not yet been filed.
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