Ten people are facing charges in the LSU fraternity hazing death of Max Gruver, authorities announced Wednesday.
Arrest warrants were issued for Matthew Alexander Naquin, who is facing a charge of negligent homicide, and nine others. All 10 will be charged with hazing.
At least eight of the 10 people charged are LSU students, according to school spokesman Ernie Ballard.
Gruver, who was 18, was “highly intoxicated” when Phi Delta Theta members laid him on a couch and left the house sometime early on Sept. 14, according to a witness. Members later found Gruver still on the couch with a weak pulse and couldn’t tell if he was breathing, police said.
The freshman from Georgia died later that day at a nearby hospital.
It was revealed Wednesday that Gruver had a blood-alcohol level of .495, according to the Advocate. By comparison, a driver in Louisiana with a BAC of 0.08 would be considered legally drunk.
Among the items taken by cops from the fraternity house were a duffel bag filled with beer cans, liquor bottles, a glass smoking pipe, and a “pledge test.”
The fraternity’s national office said it closed the LSU chapter after Gruver’s death.
LSU police investigate Max Gruver’s death.
The other nine charged are Zachary Castillo, Elliott Eaton, Patrick Forde, Sean Paul Gott, Zachary Hall, Ryan Isto, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison and Nicholas Taulli.
Four of the 10 students had turned themselves into authorities as of 10 a.m., according to the Advocate.
“We express our sympathy and condolences to the family for a very regretful event,” Zachary Hall’s lawyer J. David Bourland told the newspaper. “I’m confident my client has committed no infraction of the law and certainly not hazing.”
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards asked leaders of the state’s higher-education system in a letter last month to review their campus policies on hazing, alcohol and drugs following Gruver’s death.
“One loss of life to hazing or drug and alcohol abuse is too many, and I know that you share my very serious concerns,” Edwards wrote, asking them to report their findings and recommendations to his office by Oct. 29.
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