The young man whose caning was at the center of a landmark Tallahassee hazing trial is speaking out. The First District Court of Appeal overturned the conviction of two Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity members Friday citing improper jury instructions.
The victim in the case, Marcus Jones, and his family are disappointed with the ruling, according to family attorney Dawn Whitehurst. The state is promising to retry the hazing case. Whitehurst says, while it will be difficult for the family to endure another trial, they are glad the hazing statute itself is being upheld.
"That's good in a sense that it sends a message to others that this is a constitutional law. It will remain on the books. It's a charge that can be charged if there is a circumstance." said Whitehurst.
The family of Marcus Jones has also filed a separate civil suit against the fraternity members and the fraternity itself. No date has been set for that case yet.