$520 Million Lawsuit Filed Against San Jose State Following The Death Of A Sigma Chi

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The parents of a San Jose State Sigma Chi who was found dead in his chapter house back in 2008 are suing the university for a whopping $520 million.

From Spartan Daily:

Denise Johnson and Gregory Johnson Sr. are claiming negligent infliction of emotional distress and civil rights abuses in their complaint filed at the federal court building in San Francisco. In addition to the $520 million in damages, the family is demanding a trial by jury.

The body of 20-year-old kinesiology major Gregory Johnson Jr. was found in the basement of the Sigma Chi Fraternity house on Nov. 22, 2008 by fellow fraternity member Michael Laris.

The filed complaint asserts the lack of ligature marks on Gregory Johnson Jr.’s neck implies he was hung after he was already dead, and further questions a “six-inch crack” the family claims to have found in the back of Gregory Johnson Jr.’s skull. The complaint goes on to state, however, that a coroner told the family the head injury occurred as part of the autopsy process.

The Santa Clara County medical examiner’s autopsy report states the cause of death as a ligature hanging.

This is just an extremely eerie story all around. Michael Laris apparently gave two conflicting accounts of how he discovered the body to police, the family wasn’t notified of the death until several hours after law enforcement arrived at the house, and there are several other inconsistencies that were revealed throughout the investigation.

We’ll just have to wait and see how it all unfolds.

[via Spartan Daily]

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