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Death at MSU

Death at MSU results from a gathering of friends, 2 bottles of tequila, and a bottle of vodka.

An 18 year-old MSU Freshman was found dead, by her 19 year-old roommate, in her South Hubbard Hall dorm room the morning of March 19, 2012.

Testimony at the Preliminary Examination suggests that the two MSU roommates were picked up by two male (non-MSU students), high school friends near the Meridian Mall on the evening of March 18, 2012, after which they returned to the roommates MSU campus dorm room with 2 bottles of tequila and one bottle of vodka. The evening was characterized as riddled with goofy actions and laughter; the early morning's description depicts one male's sexual assault upon the hung over roommate and sexual penetration upon the unconscious roommate.

The 18 year-old MSU freshman was described as being found on the floor, snoring after the non-MSU students departed. She remained on the floor with evidence of vomiting when her roommate awoke and discovered her the next morning. About 10 a.m., after unsuccessful attempts at waking the 18 year-old MSU Freshman and unsuccessful attempts at CPR by another male MSU student, 911 was called. The 18 year-old MSU student was pronounced dead at the scene by the East Lansing Paramedic.

Testimony later revealed that the penetrating male's DNA was found on the unconscious/deceased victim, but not on the roommate.

Questions arose as to why the roommate waited to call 911 and to the differences between her testimony and the police interview statements.

Traditionally, the law criminalizing the furnishing of alcohol to minors was understood to penalize adults who furnished alcohol to under age drinkers. In this case, because both of the accused are minors, the Court is being asked whether a minor can be charged with the same offense.

Testimony at the preliminary Examination to determine whether two Detroit males will face trial for furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death, and/or for First-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Third-degree Criminal Sexual Conduct will continue Tuesday August 28, 2012.

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

Corresponding with these facts, First Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct is a Felony punishable by imprisonment for life or any term of years.

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