Charges dropped for 1 suspect in fatal fall at ASU that killed Manhattan woman

PHOENIX (AP) — Charges have been dropped against one of three men accused of alcohol-related violations in connection with the fatal fall of an Arizona State University student.

Court documents say prosecutors failed to provide probable cause to continue the case against 21-year-old Alex Kraus.

Kraus’ attorney says his client was the victim of mistaken identity and should never have been linked to the case.

David Siegel and Matthew Farberov, both 20, are charged with minor possession of liquor and failing to require identification.

Naomi McClendon plunged 10 floors to her death March 30 from an apartment complex near ASU’s campus.

Tempe police say the 18-year-old woman from Manhattan, Kansas, initially attended an “all-you-can-drink” party thrown by ASU fraternity members.

Surveillance video showed her stumbling and intoxicated when she entered the residential building.


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