Defendants Russell Taylor and Adam Marszal pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing in the death of Carson Starkey Thursday morning in a San Luis Obispo County courtroom.
Two defendants in the criminal trial of Carson Starkey pleaded no contest to misdemeanor hazing charges and will serve jail time. Zachary Ellis and Haithem Ibrahim will serve 120 and 45 days respectively in county jail and three years of informal probation.
A San Luis Obispo judge delayed setting a date for the civil trial brought by the parents of Carson Starkey.
San Luis Obispo Superior Court Judge Hugh Mullin denied former SAE members Haithem Ibrahim and Zacary Ellis’ motions to dismiss the cases in which they are being charged for felony hazing causing death and misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor causing the death of Carson Starkey.
“You were handed a bag of alcohol and you were supposed to finish it all together. Some bags had hard alcohol, mine just had beer … We were drinking for like an hour,” Sauer said.
All four former Cal Poly students charged in the death of architecture freshman Carson Starkey have pleaded not guilty.
Cal Poly will hire two staff members to educate the greek system about the dangers of alcohol and hazing following the arrests made in connection with the death and hazing of fraternity pledge Carson Starkey.
Four Cal Poly students were arrested Thursday in connection with last year’s alcohol-related death of architecture freshman Carson Starkey after a nearly six month investigation by the San Luis Obispo Police Department.
Four Cal Poly students were arrested in connection to the death of Cal Poly freshmen Carson Starkey, who died last December due to alcohol poisoning while attending a Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity hazing ritual, according to police.