Heather Isringhausen Gvillo Nov. 18, 2013, 3:48pm

Madison County Circuit Judge William Mudge has rescheduled a jury trial in a lawsuit alleging a minor girl was injured in an Alton haunted house tour.

Trial, which had been set to begin this month, is reset to Aug. 11, 2014, at 9 a.m.

According to the complaint, Terry Gansz, father of Alexis Gansz, claims his daughter was injured after she was chased by a haunted house actor wielding a motor driven chainsaw in a dimly lit area, containing trip hazards and distracting strobe lights on Oct. 29, 2011.

The City of Alton, American Legion Post 126, Steven Haug and Dennis Sharp are all named as defendants.

Arguing that the plaintiff voluntarily assumed the risks of the haunted house and understood the inherent danger, the defendants claim they are not at fault and should not be liable for the injuries or damages claimed.

On Oct. 23, the plaintiffs filed an answer, refuting the City of Alton’s affirmative defenses.

J. Robert Edmonds in Edwardsville represents the plaintiffs.

Alex J. Cornwall and Dayna L. Johnson of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale represent Steven Haug.

Belleville attorney Charles Pierce represents the City of Alton.

Michael Murphy of Freeark, Harvey & Mandillo in Belleville represents defendant Dennis Sharp.

Charles Anderson and James Craney represent American Legion Post 126.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 12-L-1756

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