TALLAHASSE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS SERVICE) - A grand jury in the state Capitol heard from dozens of fraternity brothers Tuesday as it investigates the death of a 20-year-old pledge last month.
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Day two of the investigation had the fraternity brothers and a handful of parents on pins and needles.
One by one, Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers were called to testify. Most spent ten to fifteen minutes behind the grand jury's closed doors.
Twenty-year-old Andrew Coffey died November 3rd after a night of drinking at an off-campus house. The cause of death has yet to be made public. The medical examiner told us she could not talk about it after her testimony.
The brother who allegedly purchased the alcohol spent an hour with investigators before testifying. He is the only one so far who has spoken to the grand jury without immunity for their testimony.
"It should concern him. My guess is that he's probably already made a deal with the state," said John Howes, an attorney.
Lawyers who accompanied their clients into the grand jury room say they weren't surprised by the questions being asked. Under oath themselves, they couldn't tell us anything else.
As three frat members waited to testify, the theme from Law and Order played on their cell phone, raising questions over how seriously they're taking the investigation.
Seriously, says attorney Joe Bodiford.
"I think any 18 or 19 year old who is called for a grand jury investigation where somebody has died is going to be afraid," Bodiford said.
More than 50 fraternity brothers were subpoenaed to testify.
Charges, if they are filed, could range from misdemeanor hazing, to felony manslaughter.