4 NIU fraternity brothers make first court appearance

Four fraternity brothers at Northern Illinois University will made first court appearance on Friday in Sycamore, after being charged in the death of a freshman student.

Alexander Jandick, Omar Salameh, Steven Libert and James Harvey were each charged with a felony last month following the death of freshman David Bogenberger.

Bogenberger, 19, of Palatine was found dead at the off-campus Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on November 2.

The Dekalb County coroner’s office says his blood alcohol level was about five times the legal limit. The cause of death was cardiac arrhythmia, with alcohol intoxication as a significant contributing factor.

Prosecutors say they hazed David Bogenberger before he died of alcohol-induced heart trouble

An attorney for one of the accused says he doesn’t think the state will be able to link the death to criminal conduct.

Misdemeanor charges were filed against 17 members of the fraternity. In addition to the criminal charges, NIU announced disciplinary charges were filed against 31 fraternity members and the fraternity for violating the school’s code of conduct. They could face expulsion from school.

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