Fraternity members exonerated in Montgomery Co. hazing case

In Montgomery County District Court yesterday, a judge found one defendant not guilty and dismissed charges against three others in connection with an alcohol poisoning incident last fall in the Uwharrie National Forest.

Jordan Litaker is identified as a "pledge educator" in this image from the 2012-13 composite photograph of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members at UNC Charlotte. (from Facebook)

Jordan Litaker is identified as a “pledge educator” in this image from the 2012-13 composite photograph of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity members at UNC Charlotte. (from Facebook)

Kerby Ballard, Casey Bost, Zachary Foust and Jordan Litaker were all charged with hazing. The four were members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at UNC Charlotte, and reports say the fraternity organized the camping trip to the Uwharrie Forest in September 2013.

18-year-old Marcos Maganares testified that he and 15 other fraternity pledges were on the trip. Maganares said he did not remember details after drinking 12 beers, but it was reported that pledges also drank a substantial amount of liquor.

Maganares wound up in the hospital with a blood-alcohol level of 0.42% — more than five times the legal limit for driving (0.08%).

According to reports of his cross-examination, Maganares testified that pledges were not required to make the trip, and he was not forced to drink during the outing.

The judge dismissed charges against Ballard, Bost and Foust, and found Litaker not guilty of hazing.

A UNC Charlotte council already took disciplinary action against Pi Kappa Alpha, revoking its charter on the campus for eight years.

Mike Bednarik, attorney for the Maganares family, told WSOC-TV he plans to file a civil suit with regard to the incident.

The case was heard Tuesday at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Troy. Fraternity members were represented by local attorney Butch Jenkins.

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