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Fraternity hazing lawsuit moved to Baltimore

A former pledge of the Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity will have his $4 million hazing lawsuit heard in Baltimore City Circuit Court.

Johnny Powell II filed suit in January in Prince George’s County Circuit Court because his alleged hazing took place at a home in Fort Washington. But a Prince George’s County judge, following a hearing July 17, granted a defense request to move the case to Baltimore, according to a court order filed Monday.

Powell, a graduate of Stevenson University who pledged through Coppin State University between January and March of 2013, claims he was punched, slapped, caned and paddled over the course of multiple sessions, according to his lawsuit. He went to the hospital after seeing urine in his blood following one session, according to his lawsuit.