3 arrested following Seminole teen drinking death

3 arrested following Seminole teen drinking death

SEMINOLE, TX (KWES) - Three people were arrested Monday following a weeks-long investigation into a deadly case of underage drinking, Seminole Police said.

Frank Fehr Neufeld, 25, is charged with purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor. Seth Austin Koedyker, 18, and Buck Garrett Pitcox, 20, are charged with furnishing alcohol to a minor.

The class A misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $40,000 or both.

Neufeld, Koedyker and Pitcox are accused of supplying alcohol at a Seminole house party where 19-year-old Matthew Flores was found unresponsive in the early morning hours of December 12, according to authorities.

Flores was on the ground outside 201 SW 23rd when officials arrived, police said, and another party attendee was attempting to perform CPR on him.

Paramedics took over and rushed him to Seminole Memorial Hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.

"Hopefully [Flores' death and these three arrests] are a wake-up call for everyone," Seminole Police Chief Bernie Kraft said. "If you're going to be bringing alcohol to a party, you're going to have to be responsible for your actions."

Authorities have "no problem" arresting minors for providing alcohol to peers also under the legal drinking age, he added.

"It's still against state law... and people need to understand no one is [exempt]," Kraft told NewsWest 9. "It is illegal to [provide] a 19-year-old with alcohol, whether you're 18 or 25."

Neufeld, Koedyker and Pitcox could not be reached for comment.

Kraft said all three had posted bond and were no longer in custody Tuesday afternoon.

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