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Update: Florida State Andrew Coffey death–Clay Muehlstein


For the third time, Muehlstein is accused of violating the rules of his pre-trial release agreement. In at least two of the previous violations, Muehlstein was accused of drinking alcohol. He was also returned back into jail custody after getting into a fight at a Tallahassee bar in 2018.

Now, he is being held without bond in jail. He is due back in court on January 19, 2021.

Muehlstein is one of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members still facing hazing charges in Coffey’s death. Luke Kluttz, Anthony Oppenheimer and Anthony Petagine are facing felony hazing charges.

In November 2017, Coffey, who was a Pi Kappa Phi pledge, died of alcohol poisoning during an off-campus fraternity party.

By Hank Nuwer

Journalist Hank Nuwer is the Alaska author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. In April of 2024, the Alaska Press Club awarded him first place in the Best Columnist division and Best Humorist, second place.

He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His current book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press. He is married to Malgorzata Wroblewska Nuwer of Warsaw, Poland and Fairbanks, Alaska. Nuwer is a former columnist for the Greenville (Ohio)Early Bird and former managing editor of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in Alaska.
Nuwer was named the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists columnist of the year in 2021 for his “After Darke” column in the Early Bird. He also won third place for the column in 2022 from the Indiana chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He and his wife Gosia, recently of Union City, Ind., have owned 20 acres in Alaska for many years. “The move is a sort-of coming home for us,” said Nuwer. As a journalist, he’s written about the Alaskan Iditarod sled-dog race and other Alaska topics. Read his musings in his blog at Real Alaska Daily-- and in his weekly column "Far from Randolph" in the Winchester Star-Gazette of Randolph County, Indiana.

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