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MIT answer delayed in Styke suit

MIT has obtained an extension on its time to answer the lawsuit filed against it by Wolfe B. Styke G. MIT’s response had been due by Jan. 14, extended to Feb. 14, and is now due on March 15.

Styke is suing both MIT and Russell J. Novello for $50,000 in personal negligence. Styke is the MIT student who was stabbed in his Next House dormitory room in October 2007 by Anna L. Tang, then a Wellesley student. Tang was acquitted by reason of insanity, and has been free since early this year.

Novello, the security guard who gave Tang the key that gained her access to Styke’s room while he was sleeping, has not yet filed an answer to the personal injury complaint. He is probably covered by the same extension to March 15.

Novello’s attorney has not returned phone calls. MIT and Styke’s counsel confirmed the extension.

—John A. Hawkinson