4 SMU fraternity members charged, alleged beating

By: From Wire Reports,The Dallas Morning News
By: From Wire Reports,The Dallas Morning News

DALLAS (AP) - Southern Methodist University has put a fraternity on deferred suspension after three members were charged with misdemeanor assault in the alleged beating of a student from another fraternity.

The Dallas Morning News reports a fourth member of Sigma Phi Epsilon was charged with unlawful restraint in the Feb. 10 incident. Chapter officials say all four members are suspended.

The newspaper reports the incident happened after Lambda Chi Alpha members spray-painted the door of Sigma Phi Epsilon. A Lambda Chi Alpha member says he was punched, held for hours and had cleaning fluid sprayed on him.

An attorney for one of the four suspects denies any attack. An SMU spokesman didn't immediately return a message for comment Friday.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has been barred from hosting events amid the investigation.

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