UK fraternity member's arson case waived to grand jury

jkegley@herald-leader.comApril 7, 2010 

A grand jury will review the case of a University of Kentucky fraternity member charged with arson after allegedly setting afire another fraternity member in an apparent prank gone wrong.

Sean P. Dunn, 20, of Hebron appeared in Fayette District Court on Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. Dunn is accused of setting fire to a member Sigma Alpha Epsilon who was wrapped in toilet paper in March. He also faces charges of wanton endangerment and tampering with physical evidence.

The grand jury must decide in the next 60 days whether to indict Dunn.

University officials ordered the SAE house to be evacuated and closed after the incident. The house has remained closed since then.

Joseph Henry McKinley III, a resident of the SAE house, was charged with third-degree assault for allegedly hitting a UK police officer and resisting arrest during the evacuation. McKinley's preliminary hearing was continued until May 6.

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