Boyfriend charged after freshman found dead in Pa. dorm

Gregorio Orrostieta and Karlie Hall
Gregorio Orrostieta and Karlie Hall

MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — The boyfriend of a student found dead in a central Pennsylvania university dormitory room was covered in blood and performing CPR when campus police arrived, according to an arrest affidavit.

Gregorio Orrostieta, 19, told officers he had shoved Millersville University freshman Karlie Hall, 18, causing her to fall to the ground and hit her head on a chair, and then gave her a “back hand” to her face causing her to become unresponsive, the affidavit said.

Orrostieta was arraigned Monday on an aggravated assault charge and jailed in lieu of $1.5 million bail. He was not available for comment and information on his lawyer was not immediately available.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Feb. 19.

Millersville president John Anderson called Hall’s death “unfathomable.”

Police responding to a cardiac arrest call to the Bard Hall dormitory at the state-owned university near Lancaster found Hall unresponsive around 5:20 a.m. Sunday, according to the affidavit and a university statement.

Orrostieta told officers he and Hall, of Chadds Ford, had argued a few hours earlier at a party and that she had hit him, according to the affidavit. He said they made up and returned to the dorm room around 1:30 a.m., the affidavit said.

Orrostieta, of Kennett Square, did not attend the university.

Hall’s cause of death is under investigation. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

Officials said university counseling staff will be available on campus to talk to students who need assistance.

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