Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Ten people charged for Louisiana State University hazing death

Ten people charged for Louisiana State University hazing death

Gruver and other Phi Delta Theta pledges received a group text message September 13 that "Bible Study" would take place that night at 10 p.m.at the chapter house, an exercise where pledges were asked questions about the fraternity and forced to drink if they answered incorrectly, according to an LSU Police search warrant filed in court last week.

The East Baton Rouge Coroner's Office said student Maxwell Gruver had a blood alcohol level of.495 at the time of his death. One was charged with negligent manslaughter and hazing, and the others were each charged with a single count of hazing. In Louisiana, anyone under 21 with a blood alcohol level of 0.02% or above is considered intoxicated.

Another Phi Delta Theta pledge also told police that Naquin "forced" Gruver drink because he was having trouble reciting the Greek alphabet during "Bible Study", a drinking game or ritual that tested pledges' knowledge of the fraternity.

"But my client did not violate any law or code of conduct at LSU", Bourland added.

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A Penn State fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and 14 of its members face criminal charges over the death of a pledge who was fatally injured after an alcohol-related hazing ritual in February.

Police at Louisiana State University have issued arrest warrants for 10 Phi Delta Theta members as they investigate whether a fraternity hazing led to the death of a freshman student.

Matthew Alexander Naquin will be arrested on charges of hazing and negligent homicide while nine additional individuals: Zachary Castillo, Elliot Eaton, Patrick Forde, Sean Paul Gott, Zachary Hall, Ryan Isto, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison and Nicholas Taulli; will be charged with hazing. Clark says an autopsy found Gruver inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs.

Police also obtained a warrant to examine Gruver's phone so they could see who he called or texted before his death.

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Phi Delta Theta has since been kicked off LSU's campus, and LSU officials are reviewing policies governing Greek life.

Clark, the coroner, concluded Gruver died of acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration. One of the suspects also faces a negligent homicide charge.

University spokesman Ernie Ballard told The Associated Press that the students turned themselves in to LSU police on Wednesday.

The affidavit also said "several" other interviews indicated that "the pledges were forced to drink in excess", WBRZ-TV reported.

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