Judge agrees to let FSU hazing suspect move to California

Posted at 2:37 PM, Aug 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-12 12:03:12-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - A judge has agreed to let a suspect in the hazing death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey move to California for a job opportunity. 

A judge has agreed to let Clayton Muelhstein, a suspect in the hazing death of Florida State University fraternity pledge Andrew Coffey, move to San Francisco.

He has accepted a job in the San Francisco area, court documents say, and will remain on bond there and follow the same conditions set here, which includes wearing a SCRAM unit to monitor any alcohol use. 

According to court documents, State Attorney Jack Campbell had no objection to the request made by Muelhstein's attorney.

Campbell explained that Muehlhstein is out on bond and has not been convicted of anything, so there's no real reason to keep him here in Tallahassee. He says he's showed up to every court hearing on time, is not a flight risk, and would not pose no increase in potential danger to any place he decides to move. 

Muehlhstein was in the headlines in back April when his bond was revoked following a drunken bar fight at the Tenn Night Club. 

Investigators determined that he was under the influence of alcohol during the incident and contacted his pretrial officer. He wasn't arrested, but was issued a trespass warning. 

A judge later agreed to set a new $5,000 bond for Muelhstein. 

He is one of four Pi Kappa Phi fraternity brothers seeking a jury trial for charges in Coffey’s death back in November 2017. Five other fraternity members were behind bars after accepting plea deals, avoiding trial and the felony charge.

His next court hearing is scheduled for February 1, 2019.

The hazing cases for Anthony Petagine, Anthony Oppenheimer and Luke Kluttz are all on hold to while the First District Court of Appeals reviews them.