Mother of SeMo Hazing Victim Sounds Off on 10-Year Anniversary of Son's Death

February 16, 2004 - Posted at 7:30 a.m. CDT

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO - It's been a decade since Michael Davis died by hazing at Southeast Missouri State University.  And his mother says his legacy may be tougher hazing laws.

Edith Davis still thinks the 16 young men implicated in her son's death weren't punished enough.  But she says the case upheld the constitutionality of Missouri's anti-hazing statute and prompted legislative changes upgrading serious hazing matters to felonies.

Michael Davis died February 14, 1994, after being slapped, punched and body slammed.  He sustained broken ribs, a torn lung and liver, lacerated kidney, and a bruised and bleeding heart.

The 16 suspects were fraternity members.  Seven of them were charged with involuntary manslaughter.  Most got short jail sentences or probation.

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