Charges dropped against 4 accused in Ole Miss hazing case

Hazing mugshotJACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Four of five University of Mississippi students accused in an alleged October hazing incident have had charges against them dropped.

An attorney for one of the students tells The Clarion-Ledger ( ) that Judge Mickey Avent ruled Monday that the state did not meet its burden of proof in charging Christian Guy, Austin Rice and Kyle Hughes with larceny and James Declan Basile of assault, hazing and larceny.

The ruling came after the judge heard testimony from the alleged victim, Jeremy Boyle, a Sigma Pi fraternity member, and others.

Rice’s attorney, Tony Farese, said Tuesday they’re pleased the men were exonerated.

The case involving the fifth defendant, Tucker Cole Steil, has been continued. He faces a charge of felony-level assault.

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