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Second WVU Faternity Member Charged

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A second West Virginia University fraternity member faces hazing-related misdemeanors following the November death of a student.

Twenty-one-year-old Jordon

  Parrish Hankins of Hightstown, New Jersey, was arraigned on hazing and conspiracy to commit hazing charges Friday in Monongalia County Magistrate Court.

Earlier this week, 20-year-old Richard William Schwartz of Williamsville, New York, was charged with the same counts.

According to a criminal complaint against Schwartz, he provided 19-year-old Nolan Burch with a bottle of liquor for an initiation ceremony at the Kappa Sigma house on Nov. 12. Media outlets report Hankins oversaw the ceremony.

Police and medical personnel called to the house found Burch unresponsive. Burch, also from Williamsville, was taken to a hospital where he later died.

Court records didn't list an attorney for Hankins.


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