Charges undecided in OU student's drinking death


Sunday, October 24th 2004, 5:02 pm
By: News On 6


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) _ Cleveland County prosecutor Tim Kuykendall says he hasn't decided what charges to file in the drinking-related death of a University of Oklahoma student.

19-year-old Blake Hammontree was found dead in the Sigmi Chi fraternity house September 30th, after a party at the house. An autopsy found he had a blood alcohol level of point-42, more than five times the amount to be legally drunk.

The only charge so far is that of providing alcohol to a minor.

State law says if a person commits a felony and someone dies because of it, the person could be guilty of second-degree murder.

Police say alcohol was given to minors at the party, resulting in a death.

Kuykendall says he's trying to determine what's fair and appropriate and he says Hammontree bears a lot of the blame because no one forced him to drink.