4th suspect arrested in connection to VSU hazing incident

Posted at 1:44 PM, Apr 30, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-30 19:49:29-04

Chesterfield County, Va. - Police in Chesterfield County have now arrested the fourth man accused in connection to a hazing incident that claimed the lives of two VSU students. Police say Charles E. Zollicoffer II turned himself in to police on Monday.

The other three suspects, James A. Mackey Sr., Eriq K. Benson, and Cory D. Baytop were arrested last week.

The two students who drowned in the Appomattox River were from Hampton Roads. Marvell Edmondson was from Portsmouth and attended Churchland High School, and Jawaun Holmes was from the Peninsula and attended Bruton High School.

On April 20, seven VSU students attempted to walk through the Appomattox River to complete their initiation into an organization known as Men of Honor.

The current swept the students down river; some were pulled to safety and others drifted to shore. Edmondson and Holmes  were reported missing and their bodies were later found.

The four men have all been charged with hazing.

Zollicoffer's first court appearance is May 2nd.


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