Anthony Hunt, a 22-year-old South Carolina drug dealer, has been accused of deliberately killing a sorority girl by supplying her with Oxycodone.
Hunt was arraigned on Monday on federal charges in connection to the 2016 homicide of 19-year-old
sorority girl Rachel Bandman.
Bandman, 19, was a public relations major at the University of South Carolina and Chi Omega sorority sister from Virginia. She was found dead by her roommate at Main Street’s Hub apartment complex on a weekday afternoon in January 2016.
Hunt has been charged with unlawful distribution of oxycodone, alprazolam, and possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking crime.
via The State:
The charge against Hunt is illegal distribution of Oxycodone resulting in death, according to his indictment. If convicted, he would face a federal prison sentence of 20 years to life. 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 the country and is responsible for hundreds of deaths a year. Until Monday’s hearing, Bandman’s cause of death had not been announced. In 2016, after her death, law officers reported no signs of trauma or forced entry into her room.
Richland County corner Gary Watts told The State that he originally classified Bandman’s death as “suspicious but accidental,” meaning that circumstances indicated she accidentally had overdosed. But after Monday’s hearing, Watts said Bandman’s death now is classified as a “homicide,” meaning she deliberately was killed.
Authorities did not indicate what evidence led them to charge Hunt in Bandman’s death.