Hearing held for FSU fraternity members charged with hazing

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
February 6, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- A court hearing was held Tuesday morning for nine Florida State University students charged with felony hazing in the death of 20-year-old Andrew Coffey.

The former Pi Kappa Phi members were charged after Coffey, a pledge at the fraternity, died from alcohol poisoning during an off-campus party.

The members charged in the case are Luke Kluttz, 22, Clayton Muehlstein, 22, Brett Birmingham, 20, Conner Ravelo, 21, Christopher Hamlin, 20, Anthony Petagine, 21, Anthony Oppenheimer, 21, John Ray, 21, and Kyle Bauer, 21.

Tuesday's court date was a status hearing, meaning the fraternity members were not required to be present. Instead, their attorneys represented them in the courtroom for what was a very brief hearing.

The State Attorney's Office mentioned its request to try all nine hazing suspects together.

Discovery in the case came out on Monday. One of the defense attorneys tells WCTV he hasn't yet had a chance to go through all of it, due to the extensive amount of evidence and information included.

The judge said in court on Tuesday that they will try to move the case along.

The next court date is set for February 20.

For continuing coverage on the investigation into the Andrew Coffey's death, the nine suspects charged with hazing, and the Greek life suspension at FSU, click here.

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