State multi-county grand jury investigates death of OU student and Tulsa bar patron

Tuesday, November 16th 2004, 6:01 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Testimony resumes in a state grand jury's investigation into the alcohol poisoning death of a University of Oklahoma fraternity pledge.

The state's multi-county grand jury took testimony from two Sigma Chi fraternity members yesterday in its investigation into the death of OU student Blake Hammontree.

Cleveland County District Attorney Tim Kuykendall says fraternity members were subpoenaed because investigators couldn't get some of them to cooperate.

Police want to know what happened at a fraternity house party the night before Hammontree's death in September 30th.

An autopsy revealed Hammontree's blood-alcohol content was .42. That's more than five times the alcohol content needed to be considered legally intoxicated when driving.

Meanwhile, grand jurors also heard from more witnesses in connection with the September 11th death of Tulsa nightclub patron Scott Bolton.

Nightclub operator Stephen Kitchell appeared before the grand jury Monday. Bolton was taking a friend home from a nightclub run by Kitchell. Bolton's friend apparently had too much to drunk and was ordered to leave.

Bolton and the friend were in a nearby parking garage when four men approached. After being punched, Bolton fell backward and struck his head on concrete. He was taken to a hospital, where he died six days later.

The state Medical Examiner's Office has ruled Bolton's death a homicide. Kitchell has said Bolton's death was unrelated to clubs he operates.