Published: Wed, October 11, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

LSU Police Arrest 10 over Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Pledge's Death

LSU Police Arrest 10 over Phi Delta Theta Fraternity Pledge's Death

Last week, police investigators said they found Gruver had died after a bout of playing a game fraternity members called Bible Study - in which pledges are quizzed about the fraternity and are ordered to drink if they give the wrong answers.

Gruver, an 18-year-old who was pledging Phi Delta Theta, died September 14.

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

The East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Office ruled Gruver's death accidental and said it was caused by "acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration". An autopsy found excessive fluid in the lungs and brain, with a "highly elevated blood alcohol level plus the presence of THC".

The LSU Police Department is charging nine of the 10 individuals with hazing.

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One of the 10 suspects, Matthew Alexander Naquin, additionally faces a careless manslaughter accusation in the passing a month ago of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a green bean from Roswell, Georgia, LSU said in an announcement.

"The death of Maxwell Gruver was tragic and untimely", Alexander said.

Phi Delta Theta said in the statement that it would conduct an "internal investigation to completely understand the situation in order to hold all of those who violated its risk management policies accountable for their actions".

LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard says eight of the suspects are LSU students. The statement says the school has formed a task force on Greek Life to review overall governance and oversight of Greek organizations.

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