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By Bill Stevenson
Whitman County Gazette 

Cases against 15 WSU frat members done

Seven may have cases dismissed


October 28, 2021

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COLFAX - Fifteen members of Washington State University (WSU) fraternity Alpha Tao Omega are finished facing charges for providing alcohol to minors.

Nineteen-year-old Samuel Martinez died of alcohol poisoning in the basement of their frat house on Nov. 12, 2019, after he was provided alcohol.

Pullman police investigated the death and Whitman County prosecutors filed charges against 15 members.

"This case involving such a tragic death serves (as) a stark reminder of the dangers of binge drinking – especially by minors," stated Whitman County Deputy Prosecutor Lindsi Alcantar.

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