ADPi members cleaned of accusations in 2014 assault case

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Members of Alpha Delta Pi have been cleared of assault allegations stemming from an incident in October 2014.

The alleged assault occurred when sophomore dance major Emma Hunter and Jaimie Lawless were leaving a party at The Villas on Sycamore in October 2014, both of whom were the sole victims of the attack.

According to Huntsville Police Department Lieutenant Jim Barnes, HPD’s investigation into the incident found that none of the alleged attackers were members of ADPi.

“ADPi has cooperated fully throughout our investigation,” Barnes said.

HPD has a suspect and is currently presenting their case to the Walker County district attorney and potentially a grand jury. The involvement of SHSU students could be neither confirmed nor denied by Barnes.

The victims claimed to have been attacked by students affiliated with ADPi in a Facebook post that incited rage and accusations from many who were critical of both Lawless and ADPi.

Sam Houston State University ADPi Chapter President Martheya Nygaard and ADPi International President Tammie Pinkston immediately denied the allegations, claiming that the alleged attackers had no affiliation with the organization.

Additionally, the investigation found that the incident began with a “disagreement between the two groups and resulted in the altercation.”

While the alleged attack did not result in any serious injuries or hospitalization, the question of punishment still stands, according to Barnes. The altercation is a class A misdemeanor, which can result in up to one year of jail time and up to a $4,000 fine.

Hunter declined to comment on the case.