Testimony in Cal Poly frat hazing describes Sigma Alpha binge drinking


By Nick Wilson
The Tribune News
San Luis Obispo, Calif. — The Cal Poly student who died last year after an alcohol-filled fraternity hazing event drank half a bottle of rum in less than five minutes, a fellow pledge testified in court Friday.

Matthew Mito testified in a San Luis Obispo Superior Court preliminary hearing in the case against Cal Poly students Haithem Ibrahim and Zacary Ellis that he was to share a large bottle of rum with Carson Starkey along with other alcohol they were given by Sigma Alpha Epsilon members.

Starkey, an 18-year-old freshman from Austin, Texas, was pronounced dead on the morning of Dec. 2, 2008, after he was found unresponsive at the home where the fraternity gathering took place at 551 Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo, authorities said.

Starkey was pledging the fraternity and attended the event, in which 17 students seeking to join the organization were given brown bags containing alcohol to finish within an hour and a half, prosecutors allege. Full story.

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