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4 Face Manslaughter Charges in Virginia Hazing Deaths

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Police have said the men died after being swept away while trying to cross the Appomattox River during an initiation ceremony. Police have said the men died after being swept away while trying to cross the Appomattox River during an initiation ceremony.

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (AP) - New charges have been filed against all 4 of the men facing hazing charges in the drowning deaths of 2 Virginia State University students.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Eriq Benson, Charles Zollicoffer, James Mackey and Cory Baytop now face felony involuntary manslaughter charges.

Chesterfield police formally announced the charges on Wednesday.

They already were facing hazing charges in the April deaths of 19-year-old freshmen Marvell Edmondson of Portsmouth and Jauwan Holmes of Newport News.

Police have said the men died after being swept away while trying to cross the Appomattox River during an initiation ceremony to join the group "Men of Honor." The group is not affiliated with VSU.

All four men are scheduled to appear in court on June 30 on the hazing charges.

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