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4 plead not guilty to hazing in Palatine teen's death at NIU

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Four members of a Northern Illinois University fraternity have pleaded not guilty to felony hazing charges in connection with a student's death.

David Bogenberger was found dead at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house on Nov. 2. The night before, the 19-year-old pledge attended an event that the national fraternity organization says was not sanctioned. Toxicology results found his blood alcohol content was about five times the legal limit for driving.

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According to the Daily Chronicle, Alex M. Jandick, 21, of Naperville, the fraternity president; fraternity Vice President James P. Harvey, 21, of DeKalb; pledge adviser Omar Salameh, 22, of DeKalb; and Patrick W. Merrill, 20, of DeKalb all pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Sycamore.

The Daily Chronicle reported that a fifth fraternity member facing a felony count will be arraigned later. More than a dozen others face misdemeanor hazing charges. Bogenberger's family has filed a lawsuit seeking damages from the fraternity and more than 20 students.

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