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Death at MSU Continued...

Two Detroit area teens were bound over yesterday, Tuesday, August 28, 2012, in the Ingham County Circuit Court on charges relating to MSU freshman found dead in her dorm room by her roommate on March 19, 2012. Previously discussed here; see Death at MSU.

In addition to previous testimony, Two Lansing doctors testified to evidence of rape on the deceased victim's body. The Ingham County Medical Examiner testified that the MSU freshman died of alcohol poisoning; asserting that her blood-alcohol level was at least 0.349 (more than four times the adult legal limit) and could have been higher before death.

One of the two Defendants, a 19 year-old Detroit teen contends that he knew nothing of the assault on the deceased victim and did nothing to warrant the charge of Accessory after the fact to First-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. His attorney also argued that sharing alcohol does not constitute furnishing alcohol, and additionally that he should not be charged with Furnishing Alcohol to a minor because he himself is a minor.

In spite of common understanding of the application of the law criminalizing Furnishing Alcohol to Minors, Judge Jordan asserted that the age of the accused teens are irrelevant to the charge.

The 18 year-old Detroit teen was bound over on charges of First-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, Third-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct, and Furnishing Alcohol to a minor.

The 19 year-old Detroit teen was bound over on a charge of Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor causing death and Accessory after the fact to First-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.

First-offense Furnishing alcohol to a Minor is a misdemeanor punishable imprisonment up to 60 days, and/or a fine up to $1,000.00, and the Court may order community service.

Furnishing Alcohol to a Minor causing Death is a felony punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years, and/or fine up to $5000.00.

Third Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct is a Felony punishable by imprisonment up to 15 years.

Corresponding with these facts, First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Accessory after the fact to First-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct are Felonies punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years.

If you're facing criminal charges, it is imperative that you retain an experienced attorney who can protect your interests and present a solid defense.

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