In May, the Richmond Medical Examiner’s Office ruled Oakes’ cause of death as ethanol toxicity, or alcohol poisoning, according to the police department.
Seven taken into custody by VCU Police are being held without bond at the Richmond Justice Center and are scheduled to appear in court Monday morning, according to online records from the Richmond City Sheriff’s Office.
The eighth person arrested Friday by Virginia State Police in Prince William County was released on bond, Richmond police said, and upcoming court information was not immediately available Sunday.
Three others have been indicted on charges related to Oakes’ death and are expected to turn themselves in “within the coming days,” Richmond police said.
“It was like that first glimmer of hope in seven months,” White added.
VCU also launched a review of all campu Greek life, and in August announced that Greek organizations would not be allowed to bring on new members during the 2021-22 school year. Alcohol is also banned at all official student organization functions involving undergraduate students, the school announced last month.