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July 18, 2018
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Miami University students' prosecutions dropped in train death
(WOUB) - The prosecutions of three of the five Miami
University students charged with helping an underage student get drunk before she was struck and killed by a freight train were dropped because a judge said the women's statements were improperly obtained.

A Butler County judge ruled Friday that Kristina Sicker and Kathleen Byrne's statements cannot be used because the detective who questioned them did not give the women the "Miranda warning."

The case of a third student, Christine Carr, was also dropped.

Five women were charged with giving alcohol to Beth Speidel, 19, before her death in April. Speidel became separated from her friends and was killed about a mile from her dorm. Her blood-alcohol content was nearly triple the legal limit for Ohio drivers.

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