Southeastern Louisiana Student Arrested, Suspended For Allegedly Stabbing Her Date In Dorm

Apr. 9 2021, Updated 9:16 a.m. ET

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A female student at Southeastern Louisiana University has been suspended and charged with aggravated battery after she allegedly stabbed a man she had in her dorm room on what was said to be a date on Saturday, April 3.

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Elizabeth Grace Johnson was detained by university police after officers responded to a call about a stabbing incident on the third floor of Louisiana Hall and found Draven Upchurch with multiple stab wounds, according to WVUE.

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Upchurch is an LSU student who had visited the campus, and the pair are said to have been "dating partners," according to a police report. Johnson’s demeanor was described as "worried" when authorities arrived. 

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Both Upchurch and Johnson were taken to North Oaks Medical Center before the 18-year-old was taken into custody

Upchurch was initially said to be in critical condition but his mother, Angie D. Autin-Fasullo, posted updates via her business page, Honey’s Snowball Shack of Abita. 

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"Surgery went amazing!!" Autin-Fasullo confirmed on Wednesday, April 7, after her son required multiple surgeries to close the wounds. 

"Abdomen is completely closed!! He is off the ventilator!!! And now he is off the CPap!! Oxygen tube only!!! He is already making people smile and laugh with his comments!!!"

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According to Autin-Fasullo‎, Upchurch was stabbed eight times, damaging his lungs, stomach and colon.

"Draven coded twice. His heart was held in the most amazing surgeon’s hand and massaged back to life along with internal shocking. He was in critical condition when his father and I arrived and remained so even after surgery was complete. His chest and abdomen were left open and wound vacced," she shared in a previous update.

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A blood drive was also organized for Upchurch. 

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The university confirmed that Johnson would undergo "the proper university disciplinary process as well as the criminal justice system process," in a statement. 

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"The university process may result in disciplinary measures up to and including expulsion, but that is not yet complete.  While the incident remains under investigation, the student has been placed on interim suspension from the University, which barrs access to campus and class pending disciplinary resolution. Southeastern can not release any further information at this time."


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