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Police investigate EWU student's death as 'controlled substance homicide'

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Corey Lee died Wednesday. Corey Lee died Wednesday.
CHENEY, Wash. -

According to court documents, police are investigating the death of an Eastern Washington University freshman. Those documents say Corey Lee was found unconscious in his dorm room in Brewster Hall.

The original court documents on the case say it's an attempted controlled substance homicide investigation, but Friday police say they believe the investigation will now be a controlled substance homicide investigation since Lee died Wednesday night.

Cody Ashbrook lived a floor above Corey Lee at Brewster Hall. He says he was there the night police believe Lee overdosed.

"It's a terrible thing that happened," Ashbrook said. "I'm sorry. I feel terrible. Its awful to have something like that happen. You don't ever think its gonna be your neighbor."

According to court documents, an autopsy found cocaine, Xanax, and narcotics, along with other drugs, in his system. It's for that reason Lee's death is being investigated as what's called a "controlled substance homicide."

Defense Attorney Chris Bugbee says that means police are most likely looking for the person who gave Lee the drugs he ultimately died from. It's a Class B Felony with a maximum prison term of 10 years, but for someone with no prior convictions could look more like four or five years. Beta Theta Pi says Lee was a new member of their chapter. They call his death a "heartbreaking loss".

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