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Judge orders more details in EKU hazing case

RICHMOND — A judge has given prosecutors until next week to provide defense attorneys with more information about the alleged hazing of an Eastern Kentucky University student.

The order was issued Thursday after attorneys for EKU students Thomas Barnes and Gabriel M. McLaren and alumnus Alonzo C. McGill said during a hearing in Madison County District Court that prosecutors had provided them with little of the information they had requested.

The attorneys had previously requested a list of names and contact information for the other men who allegedly hazed EKU student Brent Whiteside while he sought admission into EKU's chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. The attorneys also requested Whiteside's spring 2008 class schedule.

"It seems to me that the victim isn't being forthcoming," said Baechtold, who represents McLaren.

Richmond police say Barnes, McLaren and McGill struck Whiteside with their fists, a paddle and a cane earlier this year, causing kidney failure. Whiteside spent several days at Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington.

The men are charged with fourth-degree assault. They have pleaded not guilty.

District Judge William Clouse Jr. ordered that all information requested — or a written explanation of why it is unavailable — be submitted by Tuesday.

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