UPDATE: Lawyers Want Hazing Charges Dropped In NIU Death Case

Published 05/28 2013 05:03PM

Updated 04/07 2014 02:36PM

UPDATE (4/7/14): Lawyers representing five former fraternity members who are charged following the 2012 death of a pledge say Illinois' hazing law is unconstitutional. Defense attorneys are arguing the state's hazing statute is too vague and want a judge to drop the charges against their clients. The five men are accused of felony hazing in the death of Northern Illinois University freshman David Bogenberger.

DEKALB - FIVE NIU fraternity members plead not guilty to a hazing incident that left a 19 year-old pledge dead.

Their pre-trial date has been set for June 25.  A fifth suspect in the case will be tried separately because the judge on the case has a conflict of interest with him.

It's expected he'll plead not guilty as well.  It all stems from a Pi Kappa Alpha party in November.  David Bogenberger, 19, died from alcohol poisoning.

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