The Latest: Students tried to steal fraternity's statue

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Posted: Oct 23, 2015 5:20 PM
The Latest: Students tried to steal fraternity's statue

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The latest on the assault on a fraternity member at the University of Mississippi (all times local):


3:46 p.m.

University of Mississippi officials say five students charged in the beating of a member of another fraternity had been trying to steal a donkey statue from the other fraternity house.

Spokesman Danny Blanton says the students told investigators they were trying to steal the statue from the Sigma Pi house.

Blanton says the university recently determined the Pi Kappa Alpha chapter could not be held institutionally liable after an Oct. 6 assault against a member of the Ole Miss chapter of the Sigma Pi fraternity.

Blanton says the students' actions were not part of what the university considers organized hazing, although one student faces misdemeanor hazing charges.

The national office of Pi Kappa Alpha says the chapter expelled the member and dismissed the four pledges.

One of the pledges faces felony assault charges.


12:20 p.m.

A fraternity says it has kicked out a member and four pledges after some were accused of assaulting a member of another University of Mississippi fraternity.

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity's national office said Friday that the incident was not a part of the chapter's formal activities.

Around 4 a.m. on Oct. 6, Pi Kappa Alpha member James Declan Basile and four pledges — Tucker Cole Steil, Austin Rice, Christian Guy and Kyle Hughes, were found at the Sigma Pi fraternity house. University police say Steil and Basile beat Sigma Pi member Jeremy Boyle. Steil was arrested Oct. 16 on felony assault charges, while the other four face misdemeanor charges.

Ole Miss officials say the investigation is ongoing and they can't comment on internal disciplinary proceedings.


9:34 a.m.

Five University of Mississippi students have been arrested in the Oct. 6 beating of a fellow student.

A university police report says the beating happened around 4 a.m. at the Sigma Pi fraternity house, where junior accounting major Jeremy Boyle is a member.

Tucker Cole Steil was charged last Friday with felony assault in the beating of Boyle. The Oxford Eagle ( reports that Steil posted $10,000 bail and was released from the Lafayette County jail.

Four other students are charged with misdemeanors. James Declan Basile is charged with simple assault, hazing and larceny. Christian Guy, Kyle Hughes and Austin Rice are each charged with larceny.

The Daily Mississippian ( reports that Boyle suffered a concussion, broken teeth, a ruptured eardrum and a lung contusion. He was treated at an Oxford hospital and released.