Police issue warrants for 10 frat members after LSU student's death

LSU student Max Gruver died last month and 10 students are facing charges in his hazing death

Only Naquin faces an additional felony charge of negligent homicide in Gruver's death.

Court records indicate Gruver was engaged in what the fraternity called "Bible Study" - a game in which pledges continuously drink alcohol if they err in answering trivia questions about the fraternity.

In an earlier report about the Gruver inquiry, student newspaper The Daily Reveille relayed a police account of events on the night of September 13, when Gruver allegedly played the game.

Days after Gruver's death, Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters said it was immediately shuttering the LSU chapter "based on the preliminary findings of an investigation that uncovered enough information to conclude that some chapter members were in violation of established risk management policies, including our alcohol-free housing policy".

David Bourland says his client, Zachary Hall, of Charlotte, North Carolina, didn't break any laws or LSU codes of conduct. Hall, a junior who lived at the fraternity house, is in a "deep depression" over his friend's death, his attorney said.

Hazing is a misdemeanor charge. Around 11 a.m., members found Gruver still on the couch with a weak pulse, police said. An autopsy found his blood-alcohol content level was more than six times the legal limit for driving at the time of his death. In Louisiana, anyone under 21 with a blood alcohol level of 0.02% or above is considered intoxicated. Clark says an autopsy found Gruver inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs.

In announcing Wednesday's arrest warrants, LSU issued a statement saying, "The LSU Police Department has communicated with the Gruver family throughout the investigation process, and the university has also been in touch with them regarding today's arrests".

One Louisiana State University student is charged with negligent homicide and nine others are charged with hazing.

Eight of those charged are enrolled in LSU and are active members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, a police spokesman said.

One of the 10 suspects - Matthew Alexander Naquin, 19, of Boerne, Texas - also faces a negligent homicide charge in the death last month of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a freshman from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in a statement.

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

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