POCONO SUMMIT, Pa. (AP) — Police say a grand jury has recommended charges against dozens of fraternity members in the death of a New York City college freshman during a hazing ritual in northeastern Pennsylvania.
Pocono Mountain Regional Police said Monday that the grand jury recommended third-degree murder charges against the Pi Delta Psi fraternity and five students at Baruch (buh-ROOK') College in the December 2013 death of 19-year-old Chun "Michael" Deng.
Thirty-two others face charges ranging from aggravated assault to hazing.
Police say Deng was blind-folded, weighted down with a 30-pound backpack and forced to run a gauntlet during what they say was a brutal fraternity ritual called "glass ceiling." Deng was knocked unconscious, but police say the fraternity members waited an hour before taking him to the hospital with a severe brain injury.