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Alleged FAMU Hazing Victim Takes the Stand


9/28/06

Mark Jones described the shock of watching his injured son Marcus arrive home after a beating he says happened at the hands of Kappa Alpha Psi brothers during the fraternity’s initiation.

He explained why he called a newspaper about the beating out of concern police wouldn’t take the crime seriously.

Mark Jones said, "You stand there and you watch blood running all over the floor and doctors having to put towels on the floor to stop the blood running all over the place, and you see your son who you’ve known all your life and someone that you love, you’d give your life for. I figured everyone needed to know."

The five former Florida A&M University students accused of the hazing sat across the room listening and taking notes. Defense attorneys implied Mark Jones is mostly interested in suing the fraternity and punishing it with bad press.

But the angry father blasted back.

"I don’t care about the civil aspect of it. I could care less about that. I want to see justice done. That's what I fight for," he said.

But defense attorneys argue the case will be hard to prove because Marcus Jones was blindfolded during the attack.

Chuck Hobbs, Defense Attorney, said, "If he cannot ID who hit him, who caused the injury to the ear, who caused the injury to the buttocks, there’s no way you can find these five men guilty to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt."

The jury won’t get the case until Friday at the earliest. Marcus Jones could be back to testify further tomorrow.

As far as the severity of Jones’ injuries is concerned, we're told he had to have surgery, but the defense argues the injuries have healed and are not permanent or disfiguring.

Under the new law, the five fraternity brothers would each have to be convicted of causing serious bodily injury. Now it is up to the judge to determine whether Jones' injuries could be classified as serious.


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