Arrest warrants for 10 members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity have been issued Wednesday in reference to the hazing death of an 18-year-old Louisiana State College pupil final month.
Maxwell Gruver died at a hospital on Sept. 13 after being rushed from the Phi Delta Theta fraternity home following a suspected hazing incident.
The post-mortem findings released Wednesday said that Gruver's demise was an accident brought on by “acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration.”
Testing indicating that Gruver's alcohol degree was .495 on the time of his demise, the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner's Workplace mentioned in a press launch.
Their preliminary post-mortem report had found that Gruver had a extremely elevated blood alcohol degree. The post-mortem additionally revealed the presence of THC — the compound present in marijuana — in his urine.
Following an investigation into his demise, campus police issued arrest warrants for 10 members of Phi Delta Theta on Wednesday, authorities mentioned in a press release offered to BuzzFeed Information.
Whereas 9 of them have been charged with hazing, one member, Matthew Naquin, was additionally charged with negligent murder, which carries a maximum sentence of 5 years in jail.
Others charged included Zachary Castillo, Elliott Eaton, Patrick Forde, Sean Paul Gott, Zachary Corridor, Ryan Isto, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison, and Nicholas Taulli.
Underneath Louisiana law, hazing at academic services funded by public cash is prohibited, with violators going through as much as 30 days in jail.
Based on WAFB, two of the scholars arrested — Gott and Forde — are usually not at the moment enrolled as LSU college students.
“At present’s arrests underscore that the ramifications of hazing might be devastating,” LSU President F. King Alexander mentioned in a press release offered to BuzzFeed Information. “Maxwell Gruver’s household will mourn his loss for the remainder of their lives, and a number of other different college students are actually going through critical penalties – all attributable to a collection of poor choices,” he mentioned.
A number of fraternity members turned themselves in on the college on Wednesday, according to an Advocate reporter on the scene.
Following Gruver's demise, the college suspended all Greek life on campus indefinitely pending the outcomes of the investigation.
Phi Delta Theta's headquarters mentioned they have been investigating the LSU chapter and cooperating with college officers and regulation enforcement.
The incident comes within the wake of heightened scrutiny of alcohol-fueled hazing rituals at fraternities throughout the nation. Penn State College banned social occasions in any respect fraternities following the February death of a 19-year-old sophomore after a hazing ritual on the Beta Theta Pi fraternity the place he was pressured to eat “life-threatening quantities of alcohol.
Fourteen members of Beta Theta Pi will face trial on expenses together with reckless endangerment and hazing, after a Pennsylvania decide dismissed essentially the most critical expenses of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault towards a few of the brothers. Final month, Penn State suspended the Delta Tau Delta fraternity pending an investigation into an18-year-old pupil who was discovered unconscious on the street after allegedly ingesting alcohol on the chapter.