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5 college students charged with murder in hazing death

People in New Jersey may be interested to learn about an ongoing case against several fraternity members. According to reports, five college students have been charged with murder and other offenses in relation to the hazing death of another student that occurred two years ago. The five were arraigned on Oct. 22 in Pennsylvania.

Reportedly, the five are deemed the most culpable in the death of a pledge who died after participating in a fraternity hazing ritual. The 19-year-old man who died was blindfolded and forced to run while carrying a heavy backpack. While he did so, other fraternity members allegedly repeatedly tackled him. He fell and the fraternity members then carried him into their cabin in the Poconos.

Prosecutors claim the fraternity members then changed the man's clothing and did Internet searches about his symptoms for almost an hour before taking him to a hospital for treatment. He had reportedly suffered a brain injury and died. Bail for four of the men was set at $500,000, while the fifth had bail set in the amount of $150,000. One of the men was unable to post bond and was taken into custody.

Murder charges are the most serious criminal charges people can face. Depending on the type of murder with which a person is charged, they may face up to life in prison. When a person is charged with murder, they may need to seek legal help as soon as possible. A criminal defense attorney may then start working on the case, thoroughly investigating it in order to identify all potential defenses that may be available. An attorney may advocate for their clients to try to protect their constitutional rights.

Source: ABC News, "5 suspects arraigned on murder charge in frat hazing death," Michael Rubinkam, Oct. 22, 2015.

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