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In November 2015, four friends gathered to have drinks and watch football. As sometimes happens when friends gather and alcohol is involved, a noteworthy story arose from the occasion. Unlike most instances, however, what happened is what authorities are saying was a murder: Later in the evening, one friend left while three remained at the house, where the homeowner said they could spend the night. In the morning, one of those friends was found dead in a hot tub. The cause of death was strangulation and, secondarily, drowning.

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