An 18-year-old college student from Buffalo has been charged in the death of a fellow student at an Ohio university.
Randale Imes, a freshman at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio, is in an Ohio jail, after a student died from injuries suffered during a fistfight with Imes Thursday night outside a campus residence hall, university officials said.
The Montgomery County Coroners Office said Jeffrey Wise, 18, of Loveland, Ohio, died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck, according to the Dayton Daily News.
"From all accounts, they were friends," said Anthony Fairbanks, vice president for institutional advancement at the university, which is about 20 miles east of Dayton. "They had argued over the use of a cell phone. One thing led to another and they started fighting."
Imes and Wise, both of whom were freshman living in the same residence hall, began arguing about midnight on Thursday, campus police and university officials said. The argument became physical and spilled outside the residence hall.
Imes is accused of punching Wise in the throat. Wise then fell to the ground and hit his head on the pavement. He died about 12 hours later in Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, where he had been taken by helicopter.
"When a student dies, it is a loss for all of us," university President John W. Garland said. "Our hearts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Jeffrey Wise. We are also concerned about the student in custody and his family."
Imes was charged with aggravated assault and was being held in the Greene County jail in Xenia, Ohio, but authorities were considering a more serious charge because of Wise's death, Fairbanks said.
The Dayton Daily News reported Imes appeared in court Friday on a murder charge. A grand jury is expected to review the case within 10 days, a prosecutor told the Dayton newspaper.