Brief: Hearing for Light ’09, scheduled for last Friday, now postponed to March

The plea hearing of David Light — the would-be Calhoun College junior arrested last summer for bomb-making and various weapons charges — was pushed back to Mar. 19.

The hearing was originally scheduled for last Friday, four days after lawyers on both sides of the case met behind closed doors. William Dow III ’63, Light’s lawyer, declined to comment on the matters discussed during that in-chamber conference.

Dow did not return requests for comment regarding the delay left on his voice-mail and through e-mail.

Light was living in the former Beta Theta Pi fraternity house when Yale Police Department officers arrested him and found a stock of weapons and chemicals commonly used for bomb-making in his bedroom. The officers acted on eyewitness reports that Light had fired a handgun into the ceiling of the house’s common room while he was intoxicated.

In August 2007, Beta Theta Pi was disbanded by the fraternity’s national organization. Now known as simply “Beta,” the fraternity has continued to operate as an unaffiliated fraternity.

University spokesman Tom Conroy told the News in October that Light is under emergency suspension from Yale pending action by the Executive Committee.

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