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

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

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

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".

At the time of his death, Gruver's blood alcohol level was 0.495, Coroner William "Beau" Clark said.

A police report released Wednesday says witnesses said 19-year-old Matthew Alexander Naquin "targeted" Maxwell Gruver because the 18-year-old pledge was frequently late for events.

All of the suspects are affiliated with the social club that police say 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver was attempting to join when he died.

Gruver died of "acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration", according to a post-mortem examination by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner.

Gruver, an 18-year-old from Roswell, Georgia, died September 14 in what LSU Police has investigated as a hazing-related death.

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

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The fraternity's national office said it closed the chapter after Gruver's death.

Five others - Isto, an LSU sophomore from Canada, Taulli, Kirkpatrick, Pennison and Hall - had turned themselves in at the LSU Police Department on misdemeanor hazing counts by 11:15 a.m. Gott and Forde aren't enrolled at LSU, according to Ballard.

Police believe Gruver died after a fraternity ritual called "Bible study". Among the items seized from the fraternity house were a duffel bag filled with beer cans, bottles of liquor, a glass smoking pipe, a "pledge test", cleaning supplies and two strands of white knotted rope, according to a search warrant return. The house is located on the university campus, a spokesman said.

"Investigators also learned that there were several text messages sent about (Gruver's) condition", the affidavit said.

Clark ruled Gruver's death was an accident, but police secured warrants to arrest 10 people on hazing charges after investigating.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards asked leaders of the state's higher-education system to review their campus policies on hazing, alcohol and drugs following Gruver's death.

Ten people are facing charges of hazing, the school said.

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