Ten men were arrested Wednesday on hazing counts -- and one with an additional negligent homicide count -- in the death of LSU fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver after a night of drinking, LSU officials said Wednesday.

Booking documents describe a chaotic night of forced drinking and intimidation that left Gruver with an "off the charts" blood-alcohol level that led to his death.

Here's what we know about the case:

Gut-wrenching accounts of alleged hazing

During an initiation game of "Bible Study" with other pledges, Gruver repeatedly flubbed answers and drank, authorities said, and he died the next day from alcohol poisoning and asphyxiation. Story.

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LSU Police are investigating an incident, Thursday, September 14, 2017, at an on campus fraternity house, Phi Delta Theta, after an individual was brought to the hospital overnight and later died.


'Off the charts' blood-alcohol level shocks experts

East Baton Rouge Coroner Beau Clark said he had never seen a blood alcohol level like Gruver's under similar circumstances. The facts of Gruver’s autopsy suggest he “drowned in his vomit,” one expert said. Story.

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Maxwell Gruver


Photos: 10 current, former LSU students booked

All 10 were booked with misdemeanor hazing, and one received the additional charge of negligent homicide. Photo gallery.

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10 arrested in hazing death of LSU pledge Maxwell Gruver

Top, from left: Zachary Hall, Patrick Forde, Nicholas Taulli, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Sean Pennison 

Bottom, from left: Matthew Naquin, Sean-Paul Gott, Elliot Eaton, Zachary Castillo, Ryan Isto


Louisiana's hazing statute rarely used

The 10 men arrested on hazing counts are up against a law on the books for decades in Louisiana but rarely used in courtrooms. While one lawyer said he believes Louisiana’s statute is adequate for a prosecution, other attorneys questioned its broad language and constitutionality. Here’s a look at the statute, which is not part of the state’s criminal code but is a criminal misdemeanor.

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Attorney Franz Borghardt, left, walks toward the entrance of LSU Police Dept. headquarters, accompanying Sean Pennison, right, before Pennison was booked at LSU Police Dept. headquarters Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, on a charge of hazing, related to the Sept. 14 death of one of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity LSU chapter's pledges, freshman Maxwell Gruver, 18, who autopsy reports showed had a high blood alcohol level. Ten men, most of whom were members of the fraternity, were booked on hazing, and one, Matthew Alexander Naquin, was additionally booked on negligent homicide.

What are max sentences for hazing, negligent homicide?

Hazing is a misdemeanor. Negligent homicide is a felony. Here are the possible sentences for a conviction of either. Story.

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An LSU Police Dept. vehicle leaves the parking lot Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017 at its headquarters, located next to Tiger Stadium, background, to take to East Baton Rouge Parish Prison two of the 10 men booked on charges related to the Sept. 14 death of one of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity LSU chapter's pledges, freshman Maxwell Gruver, 18, who autopsy reports showed had a high blood alcohol level. Ten men, most of whom were members of the fraternity, were booked on hazing, and one, Matthew Alexander Naquin, was additionally booked on negligent homicide.


Our Views: Reforming LSU’s alcohol culture

Alcohol abuse within fraternities is part of a much larger campus culture that celebrates drunkenness as a fashion statement. Editorial.

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The Memorial Tower on LSU's campus.


LSU students: People need to watch out for one another

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