One of the fraternity members in the Coffey case files response to civil suit

Posted at 4:45 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 12:11:12-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Conner Ravelo, one of the fraternity members being sued by the Coffey's, has responded to the civil suit.

Ravelo says that Andrew knew about the dangers of drinking and details a history of hazing rituals at FSU Pi Kappa Phi that have been overlooked by the National Chapter. 

Raveleo states that because Coffey drank alcohol at an excess of the legal limit he is at least 50-percent liable for his own death.

It is unsure whether this was Coffey's 'Big' in the fraternity. 

This is a developing story. Stay with us for more details. 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Attorneys representing some of the Florida State University students charged in the hazing death of Andrew Coffey are speaking out after the state attorney's office offered their clients plea deals this week.

The attorney for Brett Birmingham said he and a few others met with State Attorney Jack Campbell on Thursday.

As of right now, five students are set for trial in June. The other four waived their rights to a speedy trial.

Campbell set a deadline of April 1 to accept the plea offers, but the lawyers WTXL talked to said they have only gotten a portion of the discovery and will need more time.

That was the reason for Thursday's meeting.

Fred Conrad, the attorney for Brett Birmingham, said: "We're still not equipped to make a decision as to whether we should accept that or not. I still believe my client is not guilty of third-degree felony hazing, causing the death of Mr. Coffey, and I haven't seen evidence to convince me otherwise."

Neither attorney would go into specifics about their client's case.

Campbell also declined to comment.

One of the attorneys did say, however, the plea negotiations are a process.