Date set for hearing in Lauren Spierer civil lawsuit
A date has been set for a hearing in federal court in the Lauren Spierer civil lawsuit.
The hearing is set for May 4, 2015, with a final pre-trial hearing scheduled for April 8, 2015.
Indiana University student Lauren Spierer went missing in June 2011. Her parents, Robert and Charlene Spierer, filed a lawsuit against three men in connection with her disappearance just before the statute of limitations expired last year.
Corey Rossman, Jason Rosenbaum and Michael Beth are named in the lawsuit. They're accused of providing alcohol to Spierer that night, but ultimately failing to look after her, leading to her disappearance and likely death.
Lawyers for the defendants say the suit is too broad.
About the lawsuit
The lawsuit claims that Spierer was at a party at Rosenbaum's the night of June 2, 2011 and that she drank alcohol that Rosenbaum supplied. Court documents state that Spierer left the party with Rossman and another friend and went to Rossman's apartment, and that Rosenbaum later stopped by. Beth was a roommate of Rossman's and also attended the Rosenbaum party, court documents say. He returned to the residence that night while Rossman and Spierer were there.
According to the lawsuit, Beth noticed Spierer was extremely drunk and that Rossman was encouraging her to join him at Kilroy's, a local sports bar, which was about three blocks away. Rossman eventually escorted Spierer to Kilroy's that night, and witnesses say Spierer was having trouble standing and had to lean against Rossman to walk.
Rossman is accused of buying alcohol for Spierer while they were at Kilroy's.
Later on, several witnesses told police they saw Spierer in a "distressed, incoherent and nonresponsive" state near the elevator on the fifth floor of the Smallwood Plaza apartment complex with Rossman. They confronted Rossman for not helping her into her apartment and there was an altercation.
Rossman was later seen helping Spierer away from her apartment building through an alley towards his apartment. At one point a witness saw him carrying Spierer slung across his back.
At around 3:30 am, Beth returned home, where he met up with Rossman and Spierer. He told police Spierer was slurring her words and seemed to be far more intoxicated than she had been earlier that night. He says he tried to convince her to sleep on the couch, but she wanted to go home. Beth helped her to Rosenbaum's apartment instead.
Rosenbaum said he was trying to contact mutual friends to help her get home, but he eventually let Spierer walk home by herself at around 4:30 am. The court documents say he was the last person to see her alive.
The lawsuit alleges that her "abandonment in an intoxicated and disoriented state in the early morning hours of June 3, 2011 in an area known for criminal acts contributed to her disappearance, and presumed injuries and death."