TCU student arrested for tampering with evidence related to Ty Pickens' death
TCU student Brennan Trainor Rodriguez, 21, was arrested for evidence tampering following the death of Ty Pickens, the grandson of billionaire T. Boone Pickens. Pickens, also a 21-year-old TCU student, died on January 29 of causes yet to be determined.
Rodriguez lived at the off-campus condo where Pickens was found unconscious before being transported to Baylor All Saints Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Though the Tarrant County Medical Examiner's Office has yet to release information on the matter, there's been talk that Pickens' death was the result of a drug overdose. The news of Rodriguez's arrest seems to confirm those rumors.
As the Fort Worth Star-Telegramfirst reported, Rodriguez allegedly hid "heroin, drug paraphernalia, syringes and marijuana" from police investigating Pickens' death.
The tree-lined campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth has previously been the site of widespread drug use. In February 2012, police raided the campus and arrested around 20 students for participating in an organized drug ring that involved the sale of marijuana, cocaine and ecstasy.
Rodriguez, who posted $5,000 bond at Tarrant County Jail last week, could face 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine if found guilty of tampering with evidence. He has been suspended from TCU pending the results of a university hearing.