By TERRI SANGINITI • The News Journal • March 27, 2009
Six University of Delaware fraternity members and pledges have been charged in connection with the suspected drinking death last year of an 18-year-old Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity pledge, Newark police said today.
The arrests were made last week.
Brett Griffin, 18, of Kendall Park, N.J., was found unconscious and in cardiac arrest Nov. 8 on the floor at the Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity house in the first block of Annabelle St. in Newark.
The fraternity, which Griffin was pledging, had hosted an off-campus drinking party.
Griffin later died at Christiana Hospital of suspected alcohol poisoning. The manner of death was ruled accidental.
“The information leading to theses charges was developed during the investigation of Mr. Griffin’s death,” said Lt. Brian Henry, a Newark police spokesman. “The charges do not imply direct culpability in Mr. Griffin’s death.”