Eight people have been charged with the death of Stone Foltz, the Ohio student who died earlier this year after an alleged hazing at Bowling Green State University.
A grand jury indictment on Wednesday charged six men with manslaughter and two men with hazing, among others, after Foltz died from alcohol poisoning following an alleged event of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on March 4, according to Wood County District Attorney Paul Dobson.
Foltz’s roommates found him unresponsive in their apartment and he died in a hospital three days later. Foltz’s blood alcohol level was 0.35, more than four times the legal limit, Dobson said.
“We believe and affirm that hazing was an integral part of this event,” said Dobson.
Foltz was reportedly forced to attend the party, held in an off-campus house, along with the other new members as part of the fellowship chapter initiation process, according to Dobson. Fellowship members revealed who would be matched with promises like their “big,” an honorary big brother, little brother twinning often used in fraternities to help guide new members.
Jacob Krinn, 20, has been named as Foltz’s older brother, the prosecutor said.
The new members, almost all minors, were given 750ml of alcohol which they were forced to consume that night, Dobson said.
“It is alleged that Stone Foltz consumed all or most of the contents of his bottle and was then brought home by several members, including his older brother Jacob Krinn,” Dobson said. “He was left alone there.
Dobson also alleged that several members of the fraternity intentionally misled investigators and disposed of evidence to protect themselves and the Chapter.
Krinn faces the most serious charge of first degree manslaughter, a felony carrying a maximum sentence of 11 years in prison and a charge of reckless homicide. He also faces a third degree manslaughter and hazing charge, along with Daylen Dunson, 20; Canyon Caldwell, 21; Troy Henricksen, 23; Niall Sweeney, 21; and Jarrett Prizel, 19.
Krinn’s mother declined to comment on NBC News when contacted by phone. It was not immediately clear if Krinn had a lawyer.
Eric Long, a lawyer representing Henricksen, said in a statement Thursday that he is confident the court process will wipe out his client.
“This is clearly a tragic affair; however, he is not helped by the impeachment of Troy Henricksen, ”said Long. “The facts are clear, even at this early stage, that he is not criminally responsible.”
Dunson, Caldwell, Prizel and Sweeney did not immediately return messages seeking comment to NBC News on Thursday.
Aaron Lehane, 21, has been charged with tampering with evidence and obstructing official business. All of the men were charged with the offenses of hazing and violating underage alcohol laws.
Benjamin Boyers, 21, has only been charged with the offenses of hazing and violating underage alcohol laws and is expected to see those charges dismissed, according to a statement from Dobson’s office announcing the indictment .
Neither Boyers nor Lehane immediately responded to messages requesting comment from NBC News.
All of the defendants received a subpoena on May 19, Dobson said.
Pi Kappa Alpha’s chapter was kicked out of Bowling Green State University earlier this month, and the university said in a statement it would never be recognized on campus again.
“The university’s investigation revealed that the fraternity was reckless with disregard for the health and safety of our community,” the statement said. “The investigation also revealed a deep-rooted culture of deception in the organization, filled with dishonesty and disrespect for our community.”