Student arrested in AU frat assault; family files suit

By Laurie Bernstein - bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - As Auburn University student Taylor Jones returned home to Montgomery after being released from the hospital this weekend, the Lee County District Attorney and the Auburn Police Department issued a warrant Monday morning for the fraternity member accused of assaulting him.

18-year-old Zachary Quillen, a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, was arrested by Auburn Police and is being charged with Felony Assault in the 2nd Degree, stemming from the alleged incident back on January 11th.

This news from District Attorney Nick Abbot comes right on the heels of a civil suit filed in the Circuit Court of Lee County, Alabama by the Jones' family against Quillen and the fraternity.

The complaint states the fraternity failed to provide proper and adequate security to ensure safety at a party at the fraternity house.

"There is a dual purpose for the lawsuit. The first part is to compensate for the injured party, and second part is to get the fraternities to operate within certain rules and regulations. The national fraternities, whether it's a local chapter or national organization, has an obligation for safety and security on the premises," said Jerry Beasley, the attorney for Taylor Jones.

Jones is back with his family in Montgomery after being released from the hospital this weekend.

He is still under the care of doctors, but his father says he is in good spirits, and plans to return to Auburn once he is recovered.

Both the family and the lawyers involved hope this lawsuit will help change the way Greek life is regulated on campus, and hopefully bring more supervision so this doesn't happen to anyone again.

Stay tuned to News Leader Nine for the latest on this developing story.