By Claire Withycombe

The Bulletin

A Central Oregon Community College student whose roommate is accused of stabbing him in his dorm room last fall has filed a notice of intent to sue the college.

A tort claim notice dated March 17 states James Briles “nearly died” and the “full extent of his injuries, both physical and psychological, remains uncertain.”

Shortly after midnight last Halloween, Briles’ roommate, Eric Norgaard, 22, allegedly stabbed him several times, according to Bend Police. Briles was taken to St. Charles Bend in critical condition.

Norgaard faces charges of attempted murder, first-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon and is scheduled to plead in the case April 17, according to the Oregon Judicial Information Network.

Briles was stabbed “at least 12 times,” attorney Steven Olson, of Portland firm Tonkon Torp LLP, stated in the tort claim notice. The notice instructs the college to preserve all potentially relevant evidence, including information about Norgaard’s admission to COCC, whether due diligence was performed by COCC regarding Norgaard’s “mental health and propensity to violence,” any complaints or concerns about Norgaard from faculty, students or administrators, and “all COCC video surveillance involving Mr. Norgaard, whether from Juniper Hall or elsewhere on campus.”

Olson could not be reached for comment Friday. Darian Stanford, another Portland attorney mentioned in the tort claim notice, could not be reached for comment Friday.

College officials did not return a call for comment Friday.

— Reporter: 541-383-0376,

cwithycombe@bendbulletin.com

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