Columbia attorneys for an Elkridge teen-ager critically injured during a fight in March have filed a $1.5 million lawsuit against four other teens in an attack they say was spawned by hate.
Shawn Sherman, 18, was semiconscious at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center for at least a week after the March 10 incident and then required treatment at a rehabilitation center.
Howard County police say Mr. Sherman's injury was the result of a grudge between Mr. Sherman, a senior at Howard High School, and Bradley A. Matulevich, 18, a senior at Oakland Mills High School.
The suit, filed in Howard Circuit Court on May 25, asks for damages covering $51,306.68 in medical bills, lost wages and mental suffering.
The suit alleges that Mr. Matulevich, a football star, led his friends in the attack. The three other defendants were previously charged as juveniles.
Mr. Sherman's attorneys, Jonathan Scott Smith and Daniel J. Vaccaro, say their client tried to avoid fighting with Mr. Matulevich, who they say stalked Mr. Sherman.
According to police, tension between the teens began in February when Mr. Sherman broke up a fight between Mr. Matulevich and another youth in the parking lot of Pizza Hut on Route 108.
Afterward, rumor of a fight between the two brewed for weeks. Mr. Sherman received several threatening calls at his home, the suit says.
The tension came to a head on the night of March 10, the suit says, when Mr. Matulevich and his friends surprised Mr. Sherman while he and others were in the parking lot of Oakland Mills High School.
Mr. Sherman was beaten, kicked in the chest and ribs, and then Mr. Matulevich broke a glass bottle over his head, the suit alleges. A friend drove Mr. Sherman to a fire station on nearby Tamar Drive for help.
Mr. Matulevich was indicted on charges of assault with intent to maim and assault and battery April 6. His criminal trial is scheduled for June 28.