An accused Columbia drug dealer furnished the drugs that killed a University of South Carolina student in her room at downtown’s Hub high-rise apartments, according to charges in state and federal court.
The alleged dealer, Anthony “A.J.” Hunt, 22, was arraigned in federal court Monday on charges that he intentionally caused the death of Rachel Bandman, 19, by providing her with a fatal dose of drugs.
Bandman, a public relations major at USC and Chi Omega sorority sister from Virginia, was found dead by her roommate at Main Street’s Hub apartment complex on a weekday afternoon in January 2016.
“Mr. Hunt had every reason to believe that death would occur when he distributed the drug,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Ben Garner told U.S. Magistrate Judge Shiva Hodges in a five-minute hearing at the federal courthouse in Columbia.
The charge against Hunt is illegal distribution of Oxycodone resulting in death, according to his indictment. If convicted, he would face a federal prison sentence of 20 years to life. Hunt also is charged with possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug