15 men charged in connection with death of fraternity pledge (subscription)

By: | June 4, 2021

Fifteen men were charged in connection with the alcohol-poisoning death of a Washington State University student, prosecutors said on Wednesday, after a yearlong police investigation into a fraternity pledging case from 2019.

The men were members of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity when the student, a freshman named Samuel Martinez, died in 2019, according to Denis Tracy, the prosecutor for Whitman County. The men, now ages 20 to 23, were each charged with supplying liquor to minors, Mr. Tracy said in a statement.

The charges relate to an investigation by the Pullman Police Department into the death of Mr. Martinez, who was 19 when he pledged to join the fraternity. Mr. Martinez died of alcohol poisoning on Nov. 12, 2019, after he took part in a fraternity event, according to the prosecutor’s office.

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