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Grand Jury Declines To Indict In Hazing Incident

Donnie Wade II

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DALLAS (AP) – A grand jury has declined to indict a fraternity member linked to the hazing death of a Prairie View A&M University student last year.

Waller County Assistant District Attorney Fred Edwards told The Associated Press Wednesday that the grand jury made its decision after twice meeting to consider the circumstances surrounding the death last October of Donnie Wade II of Dallas.

Wade collapsed and died after he and other Phi Beta Sigma pledges engaged in a series of punishing exercises on a high school track near the historically black university 45 miles northwest of Houston.

Hazing can be prosecuted as a state jail felony if it involves a death.

Prairie View A&M has suspended its Phi Beta Sigma chapter for violating the university’s anti-hazing policy.

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