LSU students charged with hazing, negligent homicide in freshmen death case

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East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark ruled the death an accident, concluding that Gruver died of acute alcohol intoxication, with aspiration: He had inhaled vomit and other fluid into his lungs, the AP reported.

Nine of the men are charged with hazing, and the tenth, Mathew Alexander Naquin, 19, is charged with negligent homicide in the death of Maxwell Gruver, from Roswell, Georgia - a pledge for the Phi Delta Theta chapter at LSU at the time of his death, according to Business Insider.

"One death toll to preliminaries or medication and liquor manhandle is too much, and I realize that you share my intense concerns", Edwards wrote in a letter dated September 21, requesting that they report their discoveries and suggestions to his office by October 29.

The other nine individuals had bonds posted at $5,000.

The other suspects are Zachary Castillo, 19; Elliott Eaton, 20; Zachary Hall, 21; Hudson Kirkpatrick, 19; Sean Pennison, 21; Nicholas Taulli, 19; and Ryan Isto, 18.

"A few vows told police they got a gathering instant message expressing there would be "Book of scriptures Study" at the house" at 10 p.m. on September 13.

Some of the frat members turned themselves in Wednesday.

The fraternity's national office said it closed the chapter after Gruver's death. "This action effectively severs ties with those alleged to be involved".

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Update: 11:16 a.m. Arrest warrants have been issued for 10 people in connection to the incident.

Update: 10:49 a.m.

"Today's arrests underscore that the ramifications of hazing can be devastating".

"Maxwell Gruver's family will mourn his loss for the rest of their lives, and several other students are now facing serious consequences - all due to a series of poor decisions", Alexander added.

Officials said when Gruver died, he had a blood alcohol level of.495, six times the legal limit. Additional results can not be released during an ongoing investigation.

Gruver's fraternity, Phi Delta Theta, has an alcohol-free housing policy, according to NBC.

Forde and Gott are not current students at the University, but Gott was enrolled at the time of the incident, according to LSU Media Relations Director Ernie Ballard.

Hazing is a misdemeanor crime, but it could result in expulsion from LSU and up to 30 days in jail for the suspects. All students must be expelled from the University, and not allowed to return during the term in which the violation occurred.

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