UK fraternity closed after pledge arrested for DUI crash

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(WTVQ) A University of Kentucky fraternity had its charter revoked following a deadly accident involving one of its pledges.

The University of Kentucky temporarily suspended the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity after Jacob Hiel was arrested for a DUI crash Saturday near Kroger Field that led to the death of 4-year-old Marco Shemwell.

On Wednesday, the National Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega announced it was closing the University of Kentucky chapter.

“Following an investigation conducted by the National Fraternity Alpha Tau Omega has revoked the charter of the University of Kentucky Mu Iota chapter,” the national organization said in a statement. “Violations of the Fraternity’s Health and Safety policy prompted the decision. The chapter is closed and ATO no longer has a presence on campus.”

Heil’s attorney was in court on Wednesday and entered a not guilty plea on Heil’s behalf.

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(This story was originally published on September 19, 2018)

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