MILLERSVILLE, Pa. (WHTM) – The boyfriend of a student found dead in her Millersville University dorm room has been charged with criminal homicide.
The criminal complaint against 19-year-old Gregorio Orrostieta was amended Monday afternoon after an autopsy found 18-year-old Karlie Hall died of strangulation and multiple traumatic injuries hours before police were called to her room early Sunday.
Orrostieta, of Kennett Square, had been jailed on a charge of aggravated assault.
According to the complaint, Orrostieta told police Hall became unresponsive after he hit her in the face. He said Hall hit him while they were at a party earlier in the night and the physical altercation started up again when they returned to her room in Bard Hall at around 1:30 a.m.
Orrostieta told police he shoved Hall hard enough to knock her down, causing her to strike her head on a chair. He said she became unresponsive after he struck her with a “back hand” to the face, the complaint states.
Police said they found Hall unresponsive while responding to a cardiac arrest call. Orrostieta was kneeling over her and attempting CPR when the officers entered the room, the document states.
“The CPR, I believe, was completely fake and that she had been dead for hours before that,” Lancaster County District Attorney Craig Stedman said.
Orrostieta had blood on his face, hands and jeans and a cut on his forehead. His shirt was ripped and he had visible scratch marks on his chest, police said.
According to the amended complaint, dorm residents told investigators they heard a disturbance and the sound of furniture being moved at around 2 a.m. A resident assistant tried to talk to the occupants of the room at 2:30 a.m., but there was no answer at the door.
Police said there was no other noise or activity heard in the room until they were called at around 5 a.m.
Hall was a freshman from Chadd’s Ford.
Orrostieta was not a student at the university.
A candlelight vigil for Hall will be held at Millersville University’s Promenade at 7 p.m. Monday. The university has started a fund to assist her family with funeral expenses.