Four Texas College Fraternity Members Charged In Beating

SMU campus (SMU photo)

DALLAS (March 1, 2013)--Southern Methodist University has put its chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity on deferred suspension after three members were charged with misdemeanor assault in the beating of a student from another fraternity.

A fourth member of Sigma Phi Epsilon was charged with unlawful restraint in connection with the Feb. 10 incident.

Chapter officials said all four members were suspended.

The incident happened after Lambda Chi Alpha members spray-painted the door of Sigma Phi Epsilon.

A Lambda Chi Alpha member says he was punched, held for hours and sprayed with cleaning fluid.

An attorney for one of the four suspended students denies the attack.

An SMU spokesman didn't immediately return a message for comment Friday.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has been barred from hosting events amid the investigation.