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Hazing charges dropped in USU student's death

Hazing charges dropped in USU student's death

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LOGAN -- The criminal case surrounding the death of a Utah State fraternity pledge last November has been brought to a close.

Tuesday prosecutors dropped hazing charges against the four remaining defendants in the case, saying that it would be difficult to prove their case.

In all, 12 USU students were charged in connection with the death of Michael Starks from alcohol poisoning. All were charged with hazing, but none of those charges stuck.

In the end, five were convicted of purchasing and providing the liquor and hiding evidence.

The sorority and fraternity chapters involved in the incident were closed.

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