Grand jury investigates FSU pledge's death

Grand jury to investigate FSU pledge's death
Grand jury investigates FSU pledge's death
Grand jury investigates FSU pledge's death
Posted at 12:50 PM, Dec 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-18 13:29:05-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A grand jury is set to begin looking into the death of the Florida State University fraternity pledge who died last month.

The grand jury, which met Monday in the Leon County Courthouse, must decide if criminal charges should be filed in the case involving the death of Andrew Coffey.

Many people showed up outside the courtroom, including some of Coffey's fraternity members from Pi Kappa Phi. 

The grand jury will hear testimony Monday and Tuesday.

So far, there have been testimonies from FSU president John Thrasher and FSU vice president of student affairs Amy Hecht. Thrasher declined to comment after his testimony, quickly slipping out of the courthouse.

Hecht gave her condolences to the Coffey family, saying she has been in touch with them.

The attorney for one of the fraternity members said about 10 people were summoned to court, but another 100 or so showed up. 

The grand jury is expected to reach a decision on whether to file charges before Christmas.

Coffey was found unresponsive after attending an off-campus party in early November. No cause of death has been determined, but authorities believe it is alcohol related.

Coffey's death led to an indefinite suspension of all Greek life on the university's campus. That ban has not been lifted.

In a letter, Coffey's family thanked Florida State University President John Thrasher, saying in part:

"Thank you to FSU President Thrasher for his immediate action in the suspension of all Greek life in the wake of Andrew's death, and for his genuine desire and dedication to find a solution to this pervasive problem."

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