15 Washington State University frat members charged in pledge's alcohol poisoning death

The charges filed Wednesday are related to the death of 19-year-old WSU freshman Samuel Martinez of Bellevue, Washington.

Martinez died of acute alcohol intoxication on Nov. 12, 2019, after attending a fraternity event. The Whitman County coroner ruled that the death was accidental.

The men are charged with supplying liquor to one or more pledges at the fraternity event that was part of an initiation process, prosecuting attorney Denis P. Tracy said. Furnishing liquor to minors is a gross misdemeanor in Estado de Washington punishable by up to one year in jail and a $ 5,000 multa.

En 2020, Martinez’s parents filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the university and the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity, which he was pledging to join.

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