Lawyer denies arrested LSU student hazed anyone

Arrest warrants issued for 10 LSU fraternity members after hazing death of pledge	 	 	 			Maxwell Gruver

Ten people are expected to be arrested on hazing charges in death of a Louisiana State University fraternity pledge from Georgia, according to a university statement. Only Naquin faces an additional felony charge of negligent homicide in Gruver's death.

Some of the findings from Gruver's autopsy were released Wednesday; the Reveille reports that East Baton Rouge Coroner William "Beau" Clark "confirmed Gruver's death was accidental, and the result of acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration". One was charged with negligent manslaughter and hazing, and the others were each charged with a single count of hazing. The legal blood-alcohol limit for driving in Louisiana is 0.08 per cent.

Pledges may have been forced to drink during what the fraternity called "Bible Study" the night before Gruver's death, according to search warrants reported by ABC affiliate WBRZ-TV in Baton Rouge. Hall, a junior who lived at the fraternity house, is in a "deep depression" over his friend's death, his attorney said.

David Bourland says his client, Zachary Hall, of Charlotte, North Carolina, didn't break any laws or LSU codes of conduct.

Hazing is a misdemeanor charge. One of those 10 individuals is also facing a charge of negligent homicide. Preliminary toxicology reports found high levels of alcohol in his blood stream. The autopsy found Gruver inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs, said Clark.


The arrest affidavit for Matthew Naquin, 19, of Fair Oaks Ranch, the LSU student charged in connection with the death of an fraternity pledge, is shedding light on the events that led up to the death of Maxwell Gruver. Other individuals also could face charges in the case, Moore added.

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".

At the time of the incident, eight of the 10 people now charged were active members of Phi Delta Theta, LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard III said Wednesday.

Gruver died at a Baton Rouge hospital on September 14 after fraternity members found him lying on a couch at the fraternity house and couldn't tell if he was breathing, police said.

Witnesses told police that the fraternity's pledges were forced to drink to excess the night before Gruver's death.

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