State attorney to move forward with charges in death of FSU pledge

By: Julie Montanaro
January 12, 2018

Andrew Coffey / Photo provided by family

A new grand jury has decided against any further review of FSU fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey's death, the state attorney said.

"I've been cleared to move forward with charges," State Attorney Jack Campbell said at the conclusion of Friday's grand jury proceedings.

Campbell would not comment further on possible charges or the timeline for filing them.


By: Julie Montanaro
January 12, 2018

Charges could be coming soon in the alcohol induced death of FSU fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.

His blood alcohol level the morning after an off campus party was a deadly .447.

A new grand jury was briefed on the case Friday.

We are still awaiting word on its decision.

The previous grand jury issued a scathing report on Andrew Coffey's death, but it deferred to this grand jury or the state attorney to decide on criminal charges.

That day in December, the halls were filled with Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members waiting to testify. In stark contrast, the halls Friday essentially empty.

We're all waiting to see what happens next.

This grand jury could decide it wants to see more evidence, hear more testimony and make its own findings. Or, it could give the State Attorney a green light to go ahead and press charges himself.

If that's the case, those charges could be filed within the next few days and could range from a misdemeanor like providing alcohol to a minor on up to manslaughter.


By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 12, 2018




By: Julie Montanaro | WCTV Eyewitness News
January 11, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A newly sworn Leon County grand jury is set to review the death of FSU fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey.

A decision on charges could come as early as Friday, and arrest warrants may soon follow.

Coffey died at an off-campus party in November. According to the medical examiner, his blood alcohol level was .447.

Last month, fellow Pi Kappa Phi members testified before a grand jury.

That grand jury issued a scathing account of Coffey's death and the cavalier attitude of some of the young men testifying, but left it up to the incoming grand jury or the state attorney to make a decision on criminal charges.

"Will young men be charged in Andrew Coffey's death?"

"Yes," State Attorney Jack Campbell said the day after the initial presentment was issued. "I have every intention of prosecuting everybody who committed a crime that I'm able to bring forth charges against."

The new grand jury meets at 9 a.m. Friday.

The grand jury members are expected to advise the state attorney if they'd like to hear any additional testimony, review any additional evidence or if they prefer he move forward with pressing charges himself.

An FSU spokesman is reserving comment on the grand jury proceedings until there's a decision on any criminal charges.



 
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