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Crime Likely Occurred In Denison Student's Death

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A search warrant obtained by NBC4 show an agent with the Ohio Investigative Unit believes "a criminal offense of the sale of beer to an intoxicated person occurred at Village Brewing Company at 116 East Broadway in Granville, Ohio."  The Brewery goes by the name Brew's Cafe.

Agents executed the search warrant at Brew's Cafe on Tuesday.  They were looking for credit card receipts and surveillance video.  Calls placed to Brew's Cafe Friday by NBC4 were not returned.

A bar manager, NBC4 isn't naming because he hasn't been criminally charged, told investigators that he has served David Hallman III "five 14 ounce microbrew beers" that evening.  He told Granville police that the 21-year-old was "cut off" due to his intoxication level.

That was at 2:15am Saturday.  Hallman's body was found about a mile away that night in snow.  Police do not suspect foul play.  They had said they believed Hallman died from exposure.

Suann Cook an investigator with the Ohio Investigative Unit tell's NBC4's Denise Alex that generally speaking, "just as it's illegal for them to be intoxicated, it's illegal for a permit premises to serve people to that level we want to hold our permit premises responsible because they have a business responsibility."

Cook goes on to say her office teaches lessons to bartenders on recognizing the signs when enough is enough concerning the sale of alcohol.

"I just want our bartenders and our bars to focus on using those tools that they have to stop those sales before something terrible happens."

For the Denison University student it was too late.

Cook says a toxicology report should be completed in 4-6 weeks and that her office's investigation will take 2-3 months.

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