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VIDEO: Sugarland To Testify On State Fair Stage Collapse

At least one member of the group will be deposed in early April on whether they refused to delay concert

3/23/2012


Kenneth J. Allen, an attorney for some of the state fair stage victims, after the hearing on Sugarland's deposition (WIBC.com video: Ray Steele)

Sugarland will not be forced to give depositions in the State Fair stage collapse case next week, but at least one member of the group will have to give testimony sometime in early April.

Listen:

Marion Co. Superior Court judge Theodore Sosin ordered an attorney representing the group to find a day between April 1st and April 15th when Sugarland lead singer Jennifer Nettles will be available for a deposition, either in person or via video conference.

The country group is a defendant in several lawsuits over the accident that occurred just before their August 13, 2011 state fair concert. Seven people died and more than 40 were injured when 70 mile-per-hour winds blew down the stage rigging at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.

Robert MacGill, an attorney for Mid America Sound - the company that owns the stage and is also a defendant, wants to question Sugarland on whether they fought the idea of delaying the show as severe weather approached the fairgrounds. MacGill had asked the judge to depose Sugarland next week and wants to compare their testimony to that of Indiana State Fair Executive Director Cindy Hoye.

In a previous deposition, Hoye testified that Sugarland refused to postpone the concert because Nettles had already spent 30 minutes warming up, and because the group was scheduled to perform in Iowa the next day.

It isn't clear whether Nettles's band mate, Kristian Bush, will also be forced to testify since the individual members of Sugarland are not named in lawsuits. The group's management company, Lucky Star, Inc., is named in the suits, and only Nettles is an officer of Lucky Star.

James Milstone, an attorney representing the group in court, had no comment on the ruling. Milstone was chastised by the judge during the hearing for claiming that Sugarland's preparations for an upcoming tour precluded them from being available to testify before May. "The world doesn't stop just because Sugarland is preparing for a tour," Judge Sosin said in court.

Allan Mayer, a spokesman for Sugarland, issued a one-sentence written statement; "Sugarland is aware of the judge's ruling and of course intends to cooperate."

MacGill also refused to talk to reporters after the hearing.

An attorney representing some of the victims of the collapse says it wasn't necessary to depose Sugarland next week, but says everyone involved needs to hear from the group eventually. "Ms. Nettles and Mr. Bush are at the top of the decision tree," said attorney Kenneth J. Allen. "They had the opportunity to postpone this and chose not to. We need to know why and whether or not that's a legitimate reason."

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