Man indicted for Texas State student's alcohol-related death

Last November 20-year-old Matthew Ellis died of an alcohol overdose. (Photo courtesy: Ellis family)

A 20-year-old Texas State University student has been indicted for a fraternity pledge's alcohol-related death last year.

According to an indictment, issued by a Hays County grand jury, Austin Rice, 20, is charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor, a Class A misdemeanor.

The indictment states that Rice gave liquor to Ellis as a gift, knowing that he was under the age of 21.

Enrollment records at Texas State list Rice as a sophomore.

Last November, 20-year-old Matthew Ellis died of an alcohol overdose. He was a pledge at the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity and had attended a party off campus. He was found dead at an apartment in San Marcos the next day.

An autopsy report blames alcohol for his death. According to the report, Ellis' blood alcohol count was .38, which is more than four times the legal limit of .08 for drivers in Texas.

Following Ellis' death, Texas State suspended all Greek life activities until a review of the Greek Affairs system was done.

Tuesday, according to the Greek Affairs website, Phi Kappa Psi is still not recognized by the University and cannot hold any events or recruit new members.

Furnishing alcohol to a minor is a class A misdemeanor. If Rice is convicted, he could face up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.

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