Ten LSU students charged in fraternity hazing death

BATON ROUGE, LA (KTSM) - Ten Louisiana State University students are facing charges in connection with the death of a fraternity pledge who died of alcohol intoxication, according to the coroner's office.

Arrest warrants obtained by KTSM indicate that LSU Police were contacted by the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office on September 14, after an LSU student identified as Maxwell Gruver, was taken to an area hospital by two other LSU students.

The documents state Gruver was pronounced dead at the hospital due to what appeared to be an alcohol overdose.

During interviews, LSU police learned that Gruver had been at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house for 'Bible Study' on Wednesday, September 13. Fraternity members reportedly told investigators that 'Bible Study' is an event where pledges are asked questions about the fraternity and are made to drink alcohol if they get the answers wrong.

A witnesses told investigators that sometime after midnight Gruver appeared highly intoxicated and was laid on the couch. The following morning at 9 a.m., members reportedly checked Gruver's pulse and discovered it was weak and they couldn't tell if he was breathing. Phi Delta Theta members reportedly took Gruver to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

The warrant indicates the level of hazing, stating "pledges were told to make a single file line and go upstairs. As they went upstairs, (Sean-Paul) Gott thew mustard and hot sauce on the pledges."

Another warrant shows that as Gruver kept messing up the Greek alphabet, Matthew Naquin ordered Gruver to drink.

According to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office, Gruver's blood alcohol level after death was .496%.

The following ten LSU fraternity members have been charged:

  • Matthew Naquin; Fair Oaks Ranch, TX - Negligent Homicide, Hazing
  • Zachary Castillo; Terrytown, LA - Hazing
  • Hudson Kirkpatrick; Baton Rouge, LA - Hazing
  • Elliott Easton; New Orleans, LA - Hazing
  • Ryan Isto; Baton Rouge, LA - Hazing
  • Nicholas Taulli; Cypress, TX - Hazing
  • Zachary Hall; Charlotte, NC - Hazing
  • Sean Pennison; Mandeville, LA - Hazing
  • Patrick Forde; Westwood, MA - Hazing
  • Sean-Paul Gott; Lafayette, LA - Hazing





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