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Lawyer seeks specifics in alleged NIU fraternity hazing death

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

SYCAMORE – The attorney for the Northern Illinois University fraternity president charged with hazing in connection to a pledge’s death in November wants details about the allegations from prosecutors.

Jack Donahue – attorney for Alexander Jandik, president of the NIU chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity – filed a motion Monday asking prosecutors to detail what acts Jandik allegedly committed that resulted in freshman David Bogenberger’s death. He also wants to know what directions Jandik allegedly gave others that could have caused the death and what acts led to the fatality.

Donahue declined to comment outside court.

Jandik and 21 other Pikes members were charged with hazing after Bogenberger, a 19-year-old freshman pledge, was found dead Nov. 2 at the fraternity house at 1020 W. Hillcrest Drive after a night of excessive drinking, authorities said.

Hazing charges indicate the fraternity members allegedly provided underage pledges with alcohol and created a situation in which they “felt compelled to consume alcohol as part of membership initiation and the Greek parenting process.”

A toxicology report showed Bogenberger had a blood-alcohol content of 0.351 percent when he died – more than four times the legal driving limit of 0.08 percent.

Jandik appeared in court Monday with two others facing felony charges – Omar Salameh and Steven Libert. The three men and two others face felony charges because of their positions as officers in the fraternity or role in planning the unauthorized Nov. 1 event, police said.

The three are scheduled to appear in court again April 10. Others involved in the case were charged with misdemeanors. The Class 4 felonies typically are punishable by probation or up to three years in prison, while the misdemeanors are punishable with probation or less than a year in jail.

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