Rachel Bandman, 19 years old (pictured), was found dead in the bedroom of her university apartment, dressed only in her underwear bottoms.
An alleged drug dealer, 22-year-old Anthony Hunt, was arraigned in federal court on Monday on charges that he intentionally caused the death of the sorority girl by providing her with a fatal dose of drugs.
The young college girl was found by her roommate at their apartment, unresponsive and with her breasts exposed.
A police officer who arrived on the scene attempted to revive the teen, but was unsuccessful.
Richland County Coroner Gary Watts originally classified the coed’s death as “suspicious,” meaning that he originally thought she accidentally had overdosed.
But on Monday, Watts said that the death of the 19-year-old now is classified as a “homicide,” meaning she deliberately was killed.
The charge against Hunt is illegal distribution of oxycodone resulting in death, according to his indictment. Hunt also is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug crime.
Oxycodone is a powerful narcotic prescription drug often used illegally to produce a “high.” It is one of the most popular illegally used drugs in United States and is responsible for hundreds of deaths a year.
“Mr. Hunt had every reason to believe that death would occur when he distributed the drug,” the prosecutor told the judge in a five-minute hearing at the federal courthouse in Columbia.
Prosecutors claim that Anthony Hunt intentionally killed the 19-year-old girl, whose body was found topless, but authorities haven’t yet indicated what led them to determine the case was a homicide.
It is also not yet known if Hunt will be charged with sexually violating Rachel Bandman while she lay on her bed, unconscious and nearly nude.
If convicted, Hunt would face a federal prison sentence of 20 years to life.
The dead 19-year-old was a sorority sister at the University of South Carolina. The teenager also worked as a cashier at Victoria’s Secret, the popular lingerie store.
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