College men ask for solo trials in assault case

McDaniel student says slurs reflect badly on him

March 04, 2004|By Athima Chansanchai | Athima Chansanchai,SUN STAFF

Two McDaniel College students who were involved in a campus brawl with racial overtones asked a Carroll County Circuit Court judge yesterday for separate trials, with one student saying that the inflammatory nature of the slurs that precipitated the event would reflect unfairly on him.

Defense attorney Paul Kemp told Judge Raymond E. Beck Sr. that there was no evidence that his client, Thomas E. "Scoots" Crowell, 24, of Brinklow in Montgomery County, uttered any racially charged epithets against two students. The two were assaulted on the McDaniel campus after getting off a bus Nov. 6.

Crowell, who is white, was named in charging documents as one of several men who attacked Stuart Johnson and Daniel Silva, African-American sophomores at the college.

Nicholaos G. Alevrogiannis, a fifth-year student, is accused of using racial slurs during a confrontation leading to a fight, according to court documents, that left Johnson and Silva with injuries. Alevrogiannis was also present at the hearing to oppose the prosecution's motion for one trial.

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