FSU student free on bail after shooting kills girl


A Tallahassee Police Department vehicle sits outside at the Heritage Grove apartment complex in Tallahassee, Fla. early Sunday morning, Jan. 9, 2011. Florida State University student Ashley Cowie, 20, of Orange Park, Fla. was killed and another injured in an accidental shooting in the off-campus apartment.

The Associated Press
Published: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at 9:39 a.m.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — A Florida State University student is free on bail after the accidental shooting death of a fellow student.

Authorities said Monday that 20-year-old Evan Wilhelm of Ponte Vedra Beach must submit to drug and alcohol testing and surrender his firearm. Wilhelm also faces a 7 p.m. curfew and must be supervised by his parents.

He faces manslaughter charges in the death of 20-year-old Ashley Cowie of Orange Park. Another student, 20-year-old Keith Savino of Tampa, was shot in the wrist.

Authorities said Wilhelm was showing friends the new accessories on his rifle when the shooting occurred.

The incident happened early Sunday in an off-campus apartment complex that houses many fraternity members. On Monday, Wilhelm's fraternity, Lamda Chi Alpha, announced it is suspending the FSU chapter because of the shooting.

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Information from: The Florida Times-Union, http://www.jacksonville.com

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