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No charges will be filed in the stabbing death of a UT student in December

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Josiah Galat, 20, of Mansfield, OH, was found dead with multiple stab wounds to the neck behind the International House on the UT campus on Wednesday, December 19. Josiah Galat, 20, of Mansfield, OH, was found dead with multiple stab wounds to the neck behind the International House on the UT campus on Wednesday, December 19.
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Jeff Lingo, Criminal Division Chief at the Lucas County Prosecutor's Office, has confirmed no charges will be filed at this time in the stabbing death of a UT student in December.

Last month, a Lucas County grand jury returned a no-bill, meaning the grand jury decided not to indict Erik Littleton in connection with the death of Josiah Galat. The prosecutor's office says there is not enough evidence to move forward with charges at this time.

UT Police say the investigation is still open and active.

Josiah Galat, 20, of Mansfield, OH, was found dead with multiple stab wounds to the neck behind the International House on the UT campus on Wednesday, December 19.

The university was on holiday break at the time of Galat's death. The International House was opened for students to stay on campus during the break, while other dorms were closed.

According to toxicology results, Galat tested positive for 25I, a hallucinogen. It is a fairly new designer drug, and is comparable to LSD or Ecstasy. According to Newton, Littleton and another student involved were also using the drug at the time of the altercation. 

[Read more about the "designer drug" 25i here]

Littleton, 19, of Detroit, was found with several stab wounds as well, and was transported to a local hospital, the school said in a statement.

The Galat family released the following statement on Tuesday:

"Adjusting to life without our son Josiah is not getting easier.  We miss his presence deeply.  We, along with our 4 sons had always been there for each other.  Our love and commitment to each other was unbreakable.  This is what continues to keep us going.  You in Toledo didn't get to know how generous and kind Josiah was to others, but here in his hometown, that is what he was known for.  That along with his humor.  He is missed by so many people.  We want Josiah's love for The Lord Jesus, zest for life and love for all people to live through in us.

 How can we be at this point in the investigation almost 8 months later?   We want the person who killed Josiah to finally own up to what he did or there to be enough evidence to prove his guilt.  Josiah's death was ruled a homicide.  He was stabbed in the neck twice and had defensive wounds and the other involved does not have any wounds on his hands or arms.  We just need people to come forward that may have information on our son's case.  We talked with Josiah and thought the safest place for him to stay during Christmas break, while he worked for UPS, was to stay on campus.  Never did we expect to get the news we had gotten."

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