PHILIPPI, W.Va. — Closing arguments will be heard in Barbour County Tuesday in the civil case involving four former athletes of AB’s women’s basketball team who allege they were unknowingly filmed in the nude by former assistant coach Collins Murphy.
Murphy also served as the resident director for Kincaid Hall, where the four women — Kristin Burnside, of Doddridge County; Cayla Rhodes, of Fayette County; Emily Sarver, of Cabell County; and Erica Brooks, of Fayette County, Pennsylvania — resided.
Former ABU women’s head basketball coach Josh Allen took to the witness stand Monday and was cross-examined as to his knowledge of Murphy’s character prior to when the hidden camera device were found in the victims’ dorm bathroom.
Murphy confessed to placing the camera and taking the photographs in 2014. Now, the former student athletes pose at least some liability to Alderson Broaddus, on whether the university failed to appropriately vet Murphy’s background and whether he was appropriately trained.
During his testimony, Allen stated that he couldn’t believe Collins would do this.
“If I would’ve known, or had the university known, he was capable of this, he would not have been a part of my team, nor would he have been at the university,” he said.
In 2011, Erica Brooks, then 19, expressed concerns of Murphy “being around a lot” and following her.
Attorney Tammy Bowles Raines, one of the lawyers representing the plaintiffs, questioned Allen regarding his handling of the complaint once Brooks brought it to his attention.
Allen, who now recounts his conversation with Brooks as not falling under the university’s description of harassment, said he believes there is nothing else he or the university could have done.
Allen’s testimony completed the court’s evidentiary hearings for this trial, and court adjourned just before noon.
Court will proceed at 9 a.m. Tuesday.