Four Charged with Involuntary Manslaughter and Hazing in Student’s Death
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) _ Four fraternity brothers were charged with involuntary manslaughter Wednesday in what police said was the hazing death of a Southeast Missouri State University student.
Michael Davis, 25, died Tuesday of blunt trauma to the head, county coroner John Carpenter said.
Emergency crews were called to Davis’ apartment by a friend who said he had stopped breathing. Rescuers were told that Davis was hurt in a sandlot football game the night before, Sgt. Carl Kinnison.
Police, however, determined that Davis was beaten as part of fraternity hazing, Kinnison said. Police would not descibe the hazing.
Charged with involuntary manslaughter were Kappa Alpha Psi members Carlos Turner, 19; Mikel Giles, 22; Isaac Sims III, 22, and Cedric Murphy, 22, Kinnison said. The Southeast Missouri State students face up to seven years in prison and $5,000 fines if convicted.
Misdemeanor hazing charges were filed against the four after it was learned that five other people had been beaten during fratrenity activities, Kinnison said. None required hospitalization.
Turner also was charged with evidence tampering for allegedly throwing out the clothes that Davis had worn during the beating.
″This is a gang, this isn’t a fraternity,″ said Davis’ uncle, Anthony Montgomery.
No one answered calls Wednesday to the telephone number listed for the fraternity, which does not have a house. The national headquarters in Philadelphia referred calls to attorney Cleophus Thomas in Anniston, Ala. There was no answer at his office or home.
Art Wallhausen, assistant to the university president, said in a statement that hazing is banned by state statute and that the school was ″outraged″ that Davis’ death might have been caused by hazing.
Turner and Sims are from Cape Girardeau and King is from Tallahassee, Fla. Giles and Murphy listed their dormitory rooms as their residences.