Published: Thu, January 18, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Hazing charges draw thanks from university head

Hazing charges draw thanks from university head

Tallahassee Police announced Tuesday that nine people will be charged in the death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey, after a judge signed off on the warrants. The men have not yet been arrested, said Tallahassee police spokesman Officer Damon Miller Jr. Birmingham and Anthony Petagine. "Hopefully, this investigation and its outcome will prevent another tragedy from occurring", Tallahassee Police Chief Michael DeLeo said in a statement.

The State Attorney says after investigating, the charges did not rise to manslaughter.

"The media has extensively requested notice of these decisions as have you".

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Coffey died of alcohol poisoning on November 3, 2017, after he was found unresponsive following a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity party the night before.

The fraternity has since been suspended, though the grand jury did conclude that Coffey's alcohol intake was not physically forced.

The Nov. 3 party introduced pledges to their big brothers and included drinking large amounts of liquor straight from the bottle. It is unclear whether they have been arrested as of Wednesday and their attorneys' information was not immediately available to BuzzFeed News. Coffey was found unresponsive the morning after the party, and he had a blood alcohol level of.447 at the time of an autopsy. His death prompted the university to suspend all fraternities and sororities indefinitely.

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A grand jury report last month blasted what it called the culture of greek life and noted students and fraternity members interviewed were "more concerned about getting in trouble than trying to save Coffey's life".

They completed dozens of interviews with witnesses, pledges and fraternity members about the party, learning that there was an expectation for "littles" (pledges) to drink the entire "family bottle".

In a letter to the grand jury, Coffey's mother wrote that her son "died alone in a room full of people" and that "a group of young people saw someone in a crisis and didn't act". Most refused to answer questions and only two of the fraternity's leaders agreed to speak with investigators.

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