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New York City fraternity on trial in the Poconos for 2013 hazing death

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - A college fraternity from New York City is on trial in the Poconos.

Prosecutors say a hazing ritual led to the death of an 18-year-old pledge in 2013.

Opening arguments in the case began Monday morning. The trial pits the state against the actual fraternity.

Thirty-seven members of Pi Delta Psi from Baruch College in Manhattan were charged in the hazing death of Chung Michael Deng.

Of those 37, four were charged with murder.  They pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and are awaiting sentencing.

Investigators say the fraternity rented a house in the Poconos in 2013, when brothers hazed pledges by making them run a "gauntlet."

Investigators say Michael Deng lost consciousness after being kicked to the ground.

They say instead of immediately getting Deng medical attention, the brothers waited and didn't take him to the hospital until the next day where he died.

If convicted, the fraternity faces fines and suspensions of its right to operate.

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