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Feb. 23, 2007
CONTACT: Ward Mullens
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Suspect arrested in death of an EMU student

YPSILANTI — A suspect has been arrested and charged in the death of Laura Dickinson, the Eastern Michigan University student who was found dead in her residence hall room Dec. 15, 2006.

"The suspect was charged with homicide, home invasion, two counts of criminal sexual conduct and larceny," said Jim Vick, EMU vice president for student affairs.

The suspect is a 20-year-old, male EMU student who resides in Southfield.

A judge issued a warrant for the suspect's arrest based on evidence presented to the Washtenaw County prosecutor's office Feb. 23.

EMU is in the process of informing students and their families about the situation.

The Housing staff has been informed. A public meeting for students remaining on campus will occur Sunday, Feb. 25, 1:00 p.m. in the Village Multipurpose Room, and another meeting for students returning after winter recess will be Sunday, March 4 (time and location to be determined). The EMU community should monitor the university web site, www.emich.edu, for further information.

On-campus counseling will be made available for students, staff and members of the community, Vick said. Those who would like counseling services should contact University Health Services during business hours. Confidentiality is assured.

Eastern Michigan University is a public, comprehensive university that offers programs in the arts, sciences and professions. EMU prepares students with the intellectual skills and practical experiences to succeed in their career and lives, and to be better citizens.

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