EAST LANSING (WWJ/AP) – A judge in East Lansing has ordered two young men tried in the alcohol poisoning death of a freshman in her Michigan State University dorm room.
A roommate found 18-year-old Olivia Pryor, of Roseville, dead March 19 at South Hubbard Hall.
On Tuesday, District Judge David Jordon ruled there’s enough evidence to try 19-year-old Dishon Ambrose of Detroit and 18-year-old Marquez Cannon of Eastpointe.
Ambrose is charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death and being an accessory after the fact to first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving Pryor.
Cannon is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving Pryor, third-degree criminal sexual conduct involving Pryor’s roommate, and supplying alcohol to a minor.
Neither Cannon nor Ambrose were MSU students.
During court testimony, the roommate said the students and their male visitors were engaged in a shot-drinking competition where Pryor drank at least 12 shots of tequila. She said Pryor passed out from drinking and was found unresponsive the next day.
Two Lansing doctors testified Tuesday they found injuries to Pryor’s body consistent with rape victims, The Lansing State Journal reported.
The Ingham County Medical Examiner said Pryor died from alcohol poisoning with a blood-alcohol level of at least 0.349 percent. He said that number likely would have been even higher hours before her death.
A date for trial has not yet been determined.
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