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Jury Deliberations To Start Today In Trial Of Ex-MSU Dean

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A jury is expected to begin deliberations today in the trial of former Michigan State University Dean William Strampel.  As Cheyna Roth explains, Strampel is accused of two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Strampel was the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU.  Prosecutors say he used his position as dean to try to get sexual favors from female students.  They also say Strampel did not properly oversee Larry Nassar after an internal investigation.  Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for years.  

The trial has gone on for a little more than a week.  Testimony wrapped up after Strampel’s attorney John Dakmak called two witnesses – both former MSU employees.  

Attorneys for both sides will give their closing arguments before the jury is given instructions and allowed to start deliberating.

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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