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Continuing Coverage: Stone Foltz trial sees final defendant for damages hearing

Nearly three years after the hazing death of BGSU student Stone Foltz, Shari Foltz (mother) and Cory Foltz (father) will return to the courtroom to testify against the final of the original 15 defendants named in lawsuits.
Daylen Dunson pleaded guilty to reckless homicide, eight counts of misdemeanor hazing, obstructing justice, and other misdemeanor charges.

Stone Foltz trial sees final defendant for damages hearing

Stone Foltz tragically passed away in the hospital March 7, 2021, three days after being blindfolded, taken to a basement and made to consume a 1-liter bottle of 86-proof bourbon by his Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (“PIKE”) brothers.

Stone Foltz

Roughly an hour after, Stone Foltz was driven home by PIKE members and left alone on his couch. He was found with a blood alcohol content of 0.394 g/DL upon being admitted to the hospital and the coroner determined he died from fatal ethanol intoxication during a hazing incident.

The case will see a courtroom for the first time in a Feb. 29 hearing for the president of PIKE at the time, Daylen Dunson.

Who is Daylen Dunson?

Daylen Dunson, the president of PIKE at the time of Stone Foltz’s death, is the final of the original defendants named in the lawsuits brought forth by the Stone Foltz Estate.

He has previously been found liable for damages and sentenced to a series of charges in Wood County Courts.

Dunson served 21 days in jail after being convicted for 19 charges related to Foltz’s death: One charge of reckless homicide (Felony, 3rd Degree), one charge of tampering with evidence (Felony 3rd Degree), obstructing justice (Felony, 5th Degree), one charge of obstructing official business (Misdemeanor, 4th degree) seven counts of hazing (Misdemeanors, 4th degree) and six counts of failure to comply with underage alcohol laws

The Stone Foltz estate is seeking survivorship damages from Dunson.

What’s at stake?

The Thursday hearing will center around damages against Dunson for the wrongful death of Stone Foltz, including both compensatory and punitive damages. \

The Foltz family is seeking compensatory damages at this civil trial, which is awarded to the surviving party to make up for the loss they suffered. The Foltz family also argues Dunson owes them for punitive damages, which are awarded to a family when the defendant’s actions demonstrate malice and compensatory damages have been awarded. 

Throughout the litigation, the Foltz estate has settled with BGSU, as well as all other defendants, aside from Dunson. The amount collected as of Feb. 16 totalled to $11,431,000, which included a  $2.9 million settlement with Bowling Green State University.

BG Falcon Media will be at the Thursday hearing, with live coverage on our social media platforms and website. Make sure to check back for the latest developments as they unfold.

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Live Coverage:

Thursday, Feb. 29 – 3:58 p.m.

The Foltz’s attorney announced the estate is seeking $225.3 million in damages from defendant Daylen Dunson. It breaks down as follows:

  • Stone Foltz’s conscious pain and suffering – $33,800,000
  • Wrongful Death – $54,000,000
  • Punitive Damages – $137,500,000

Thursday, Feb. 29 – 2:15 p.m.

Shari Foltz began testifying shortly after 2:00 p.m. against the final defendant in the case; Daylen Dunson.

Shari Foltz testifies in Franklin Count Court on Thursday Feb. 29.

She shared stories of her memories with Stone and the night she found out about her son being hospitalized.

Thursday, Feb. 29 – 1:50 p.m.

The Foltz family arrived with their attorney Sean Alto for the court case in Columbus, Ohio.

Daylen Dunson has yet to make an appearance.

In an opening statement to the judge, Sean Alto, the Foltz’s attorney, said Dunson is the only defendant who has continued to “blow this case off” and that he has the “upmost culpability” in Stone’s death.


For the latest details on the Foltz case click the link here.


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Blake Pierce, News Content Director

 News Content Director (2023-2024)

News Meetings: Mondays at 6 p.m. Office Hours: Tuesday 9:30-10:30 AM


Blake Pierce is serving as the 2023 - 2024 News Content Director for BG Falcon Media. He is pursuing a Bachelor's of Science in Journalism with a specialization in Public Relations and a minor in Music Industry.

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Pierce has reported for BG Falcon Media and specifically written articles for the weekly BG News. Pierce's favorite article reported for BG Falcon Media was on the increase of Electric Vehicles in the Bowling Green community. The article can be found here.  He also completed a promotions internship with BG Falcon Radio, organizing events and campaigns to spread awareness of the organization on campus. Pierce currently works with WTVG-TV, beginning in the Summer of 2023 as a Digital Content Producer. Some of his work with the organization can be found here.
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