• Jake Jordan

Nine FSU students facing hazing charges after death of pledge

Nine men are now facing hazing charges following the death last November of Andrew Coffey, a freshman at Florida State University and pledge to Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, who died of alcohol poisoning; he was found unresponsive following an off-campus party, according to USA Today.

The Tallahassee police department said that the 20-year-old died Tuesday,Nov. 3, 2018, at approximately 7:30 a.m. The state medical examiner said that Coffey had a fatal blood alcohol level of .447.

The nine men face charges of college hazing causing injury or death, a third-degree felony.The nine fraternity members are between the ages of 20 and 22. They are all adults in the eyes of the state, so they will be tried as adults for the death of Andrew Coffey.

''Court documents say that Conner Ravelo was Coffey's fraternity 'big brother' and the other eight suspects were members of the chapter's executive council and responsible for organizing the party, which reportedly featured cases of beer, at least sixteen bottles of liquor, and performances by two females dancers," according to USA Today.

"In a request for comment about the warrants, the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity said, "Pi Kappa Phi closed the Florida State chapter in early November 2017. We continue to await the conclusion of the criminal proceedings to determine what additional discipline is appropriate for former student members of the chapter."

As of 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, all nine of the suspects had turned themselves in and bonded out of jail. The nine Pi Kappa Phi brothers could face up to five years if convicted.

According to WCTV, the state attorney says he "intends to prosecute the case himself" and "does not believe this was a murder."