No charges for CSU frat head in pledge death

Jul 21, 2015 1:46 AM by Debbie Cobb

LOS ANGELES (AP) - The head of a now-defunct fraternity at California State University, Northridge will not face charges in the death of a pledge during a hike that some say was senseless and cruel hazing.

The Los Angeles Times ( reports Monday that prosecutors found insufficient evidence that Alez Terzibachian's actions were criminal.

Terzibachian was president of Pi Kappa Phi just over a year ago when 19-year-old Armando Villa went on a group hike, became dehydrated and died.

A Cal State Northridge investigation found that the group was hiking in hot temperatures with little water and inadequate shoes, and that hazing was to blame. It permanently banned the fraternity.

Earlier this month Villa's family sued the fraternity and the school, saying his death was senseless and easily preventable.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,


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