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:
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.
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.
All 10 were booked with misdemeanor hazing, and one received the additional charge of negligent homicide. Photo gallery.
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.
Hazing is a misdemeanor. Negligent homicide is a felony. Here are the possible sentences for a conviction of either. Story.
Alcohol abuse within fraternities is part of a much larger campus culture that celebrates drunkenness as a fashion statement. Editorial.
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