Pullman Police Recommend Misdemeanor Charges In 2019 Alcohol-Related Death Of WSU Student
BY AP AND NWPB STAFF
Pullman police are recommending misdemeanor charges for seven fraternity members involved in heavy drinking that led to a Washington State University student’s death by alcohol poisoning.
The Spokesman-Review reports police recommend hazing charges for two WSU students, including an Alpha Tau Omega fraternity member who acted as a “big brother” to Samuel Martinez, who died in November 2019.
Martinez’s family previously sued the fraternity and university.
Pullman Police Department officer Jake Opgenorth says police believe the remaining five fraternity members should be charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.
Though Martinez became unconscious after drinking and died about four hours before fraternity members called 911, Opgenorth said investigators didn’t feel there was enough evidence for a prosecutor to prove manslaughter beyond a reasonable doubt.
The national Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, based in Indianapolis, and WSU’s Interfraternity Council suspended the WSU chapter’s charter following the incident. ATO is not allowed to formally operate at WSU until 2026.
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The Whitman County prosecutor has filed criminal charges against 15 current or former members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at Washington State University following the death of a student from alcohol poisoning. Continue Reading Whitman County Prosecutor Files Charges In 2019 Alcohol Death Of WSU Fraternity Member
Pullman Police are investigating after a Washington State University student died at a fraternity Tuesday morning. The investigation is ongoing, but officials believe alcohol was a factor. Police identified the student late Tuesday night as Samuel Martinez of Bellevue. Continue Reading Pullman Police Identify 19-Year-Old WSU Student Who Died At Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity