Final suspect in JSU hazing case arrested
by Laura Johnson
lbjohnson@annistonstar.com
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Jeremiah Antwon Bradford
Jeremiah Antwon Bradford
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The Calhoun County Sheriff's Office on Monday arrested the last of 18 suspects in connection to a 2011 hazing incident at Jacksonville State University, according to authorities.

Jeremiah Antwon Bradford, 24, of Harpersville was arrested on two counts of hazing and one count of first-degree assault, a report states.

Bradford turned himself in early Monday afternoon. Warrants were issued for his arrest in October 2012.

Bradford was released from Calhoun County Jail Monday on a $5,000 bond. A court date has been scheduled for May 23, 2013.

The next step for the suspects will either be a plea agreement or a trial date, said Jennifer Weems, a Calhoun County assistant district attorney. Any suspects that deny plea offers will likely go to trial late next fall or early next winter, she said.

Bradford is one of more than a dozen men accused of beating former Alpha Phi Alpha pledge Jason Horton at a fraternity event on Nov. 26, 2011. A civil suit filed by Horton states that he was made to drink excessive amounts of alcohol, beaten with fists and paddles and hit with other objects for more than four hours during the event.

The suit states that Horton began vomiting blood the next day. When he sought medical treatment, he learned that he was bleeding internally, his liver was enlarged, his kidneys were functioning at 50 percent and his urine was black, the suit states.

Horton spent 24 days in the hospital recovering from his injuries.

JSU's chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha was dismissed from campus.

Staff writer Laura Johnson: 256-235-3544. On Twitter @LJohnson_Star.

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