Trial set in 2004 stabbing at Maharishi University

Associated Press/December 24, 2008

Fairfield, Iowa - A trial is scheduled to begin next month in a nearly 5-year-old case of a Maharishi University student stabbed to death in the school's dining hall.

The family of Levi Butler filed the federal lawsuit, accusing the school of gross negligence in not preventing Butler's death.

Butler was stabbed to death in March 2004 by fellow student Shuvender Sem, who was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

In the lawsuit, Butler's family notes that Sem had attacked another student earlier in the day but that the matter wasn't reported to police. Instead, Sem was taken to an administrator's apartment, where he stole a knife while the official was meditating and later stabbed Butler.

Trial is set to begin Jan. 12 in Des Moines.

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