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Joseph Barton, 20

August 20, 2008 1 student dead, 1 hospitalized after crash-8/20/08 Article
Michigan State University MSU student to stand trial in fatal crash-5/8/09 Article
  Former student pleads no contest to fatal drunken driving charges-11/24/09 Article
  Former MSU student sentenced to prison for role in car accident-1/6/09 Article

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1 student dead, 1 hospitalized after crash

By Abby Lubbers , Thea Neal
The State News
Published: August 20, 2008     Top of  page                              Article

Reports that at about 1:30 a.m., Joe Barton  junior Melissa Rumrill, were riding in the same car which was part of a three-car crash. Barton, 20, was pronounced dead the hospital following the accident. "“They were both drinking — definitely heavily enough — a half gallon between the two of them,” said Chris Bender, a physiology junior, who was friends with both victims and Barton’s roommate."

Published on Sunday, August 24, 2008

MSU student to stand trial in fatal crash

Kevin Grasha                                      
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May 8, 2009

Reported that a judge that  Michigan State junior Melissa Rumrill will stand trial on one count of drunken driving causing death and two counts of drunken driving causing serious injury. She faces up to 15 years in prison. A witness said Rumrill and Joe Barton drank heavily at a party at the home of a fellow student. They were drinking lime- and pomegranate-flavored vodka.  Another witness said Rumrill's speech that night was slurred and that she described herself as "a blackout drunk.

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