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EKU hazing trial rescheduled

RICHMOND — The trial of three men accused of hazing an Eastern Kentucky University student has been rescheduled to Jan. 5.

The trial of EKU students Thomas Banres and Gabriel M. McLaren and alumnus Alonzo C. McGill was scheduled to begin Friday.

The trial was moved to January because attorneys thought it would take longer than one day, the time that was originally scheduled for the trial, said Michael Eubanks, the attorney who represents McGill.

The three men are charged with fourth-degree assault for allegedly beating EKU student Brent Whiteside while he sought membership into EKU's chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc.

Richmond police say Barnes, McLaren and McGill struck Whiteside with their fists, a paddle and a cane earlier this year, causing kidney failure. Whiteside was admitted March 8 to Central Baptist Hospital in Lexington and spent several days there.

The three men have pleaded not guilty to the assault charge.