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Drug test sought in beating death

October 25, 2009|Associated Press

The suspect in a fatal beating at Cal State Sacramento was breaking up his room and hitting himself with a baseball bat before his victim arrived, officials say.

University officials say witnesses heard windows breaking and saw 19-year-old Quran Jones smashing things six minutes before his 23-year-old roommate, Scott Hawkins, entered the room Wednesday.

Jones is accused of beating Hawkins to death with the bat, then charging campus police with a knife. He was shot by police and is in serious condition at UC Davis Medical Center.

Investigators are awaiting drug tests after a roommate said Jones had talked of experimenting with a powerful psychedelic drug. Campus officials said Friday they saw no evidence of drug use.

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