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Verdict due today in Stone Foltz criminal case, according to WTVG

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) -After eight days of testimony, a Wood County jury is will begin deliberations in the BGSU hazing death trial on Friday.

Within the last week, jurors have heard testimonies – with no witnesses called by the defense. Now the time has come for jurors to deliberate whether two former BGSU students should be held accountable for the death of fraternity pledge Stone Foltz.

Foltz was 20-years-old when he died two days after drinking a bottle of bourbon. He consumed the alcohol during an off-campus event in March of last year.

The event was hosted by Pi Kappa Alpha – also commonly known as the Pikes. Jacob Krinn, 21, is now facing seven charges related to that evening and Troy Henricksen, 24, is facing 18 charges. Both set of charges include felony manslaughter.

Krinn – who was designated by the Pikes to be the Big Brother of Foltz – handed Foltz a one liter bottle of bourbon, in which investigators believed he consumed within 23 minutes.

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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