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Carson Stuckey Scholarship



Christian Connell is the first recipient of the Carson Starkey Memorial Scholarship.

“I was just so amazed I got it,” Connell said.

Connell played tennis with Starkey, is an Eagle Scout and a member of the National Honor Society. The family and scholarship coordinators say they picked Connell because like Starkey, he’s well rounded and engaged in the world around him.

As more students graduate every year, there will now always be the Starkey Memorial Scholarship at Austin High, to help students begin their lives after high school; lives with endless possibilities.

The scholarship coordinator tells us Austin High seniors have received $5.8 million in rewards and scholarships.

California police are still investigating Starkey’s death. They recently arrested four of his fellow fraternity members. They all face serious charges linked to his death from alcohol poisoning.

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Suffolk News-Herald: James Christopher Watson, Jr. Charged in G-Bloods Case

Gang member charged with hazing

By Staff Report | Suffolk News-Herald

Published Monday, June 1, 2009

A self-proclaimed member of Suffolk’s G-Shine Bloods street gang has been arrested on gang-related charges following an investigation by members of the city’s Neighborhood Enforcement Team.

James Christopher Watson Jr., 21, of Autumn Circle has been charged with gang participation and hazing following a search of his home on Friday, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

The city’s NET team served a search warrant at the residence seeking gang paraphernalia and documents, George said in a press release on Monday. They found documents referring to gang activity in the city and within the prison system.

The hazing charge stems from a 2008 incident in which Watson and a second gang member “beat in” a subject as part of the initiation into the G-Bloods street gang, the release stated.

Watson is being held at the regional jail without bond.

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First Two SAE Members Enter Not Gulty Plea in Carson Starkey Death: San Luis Obispo Tribune

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Posted on Thu, Jun. 04, 2009
Cal Poly students accused in hazing death plead not guilty
Two Cal Poly students accused of felony charges in the alleged hazing death of freshman Carson Starkey pleaded not guilty this morning.

Haithem Ibrahim and Zacary Ellis – of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity – entered their pleas in Judge Kenneth Andreen’s courtroom to charges of felony hazing causing death or great bodily injury and misdemeanor furnishing alcohol to a minor causing death or great bodily injury.

Both men are out of custody after posting bail.

Ibrahim’s lawyer Thomas McCormick requested that his client’s bail be reduced, saying Ibrahim doesn’t have a criminal history and has never been arrested. McCormick said that he posted a $50,000 cash bond for Ibrahim; Andreen lowered the bail amount to $25,000.

Ellis’ attorney, Richard Conway of Hanford, said that Ellis used a bail bondsman and didn’t seek to lower his bail amount.

Their next court appearances are in July. Two others accused of misdemeanor crimes – Russell Taylor and Adam Marszal – are scheduled to appear in court later this month.

Starkey, an 18-year-old from Austin, Texas, was pledging to the fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon when he attended the gathering Dec. 1 at 551 Highland Drive in San Luis Obispo.

The alleged hazing incident involved having pledges drink large amounts of alcohol chosen for them by a big brother. Police said Starkey was initially taken to the hospital after becoming unresponsive after drinking, but fraternity brothers turned the car back and Starkey spent the night at the home. He was pronounced dead the next morning.

Police tests showed his blood alcohol content from 0.39 to 0.45 percent. That’s about five times the legal limit for driving, which is 0.08 percent.

Police said Ibrahim was Starkey’s big brother who chose the alcohol for him and Ellis was the pledge educator for the fraternity.

–Nick Wilson