VSU hazing:Four indicted on involuntary manslaughter

Four men charged with hazing in relation to an April 20 incident that resulted in the drowning of two Virginia State University students now face additional charges.

On April 20, police said, seven male VSU students attempted to walk through the Appomattox River to complete their initiation into an organization known as Men of Honor. The current swept the students down river; some were pulled to safety and others drifted to shore. Two students, Marvell Edmondson, 19, and Jauwan M. Holmes, 19, were reported missing.

On April 22, Edmonson’s body was recovered from the river. Holmes body was recovered on April 24.

In April, police obtained warrants for hazing for four men, James A. Mackey Sr., Eriq K. Benson, Cory D. Baytop and Charles E. Zollicoffer II, in relation to the incident. All are affiliated with Men of Honor. Each man faced five counts of hazing and was arrested in April.

On May 20, each of the four men was indicted on two counts of involuntary manslaughter in relation to the incident. Benson has been released on bond and Baytop is still being held at the Chesterfield County Jail. Mackey, who is currently being held at Riverside Regional Jail on unrelated charges, was served with the indictments today. Through his attorney, Zollicoffer has been advised to turn himself in, but he is currently wanted by police.


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