Ten men wanted on arrest warrants in connection with the death of 18-year-old Maxwell Gruver, a pledge at Phi Delta Theta fraternity, have turned themselves in Wednesday to the LSU Police Department.
Almost all of the suspects identified by LSU — a group that includes eight current students and mostly active frat members — will be booked on the misdemeanor charge of hazing. But one student, 19-year-old Matthew Alexander Naquin, also faces a count of negligent homicide, which is a felony, as well as the hazing count.
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Five others -- Isto, an LSU sophomore from Canada, Taulli, Kirkpatrick, Pennison and Hall -- had turned themselves in at the LSU Police Department on misdemeanor hazing counts by 11:15 a.m.
University spokesman Ernie Ballard said Forde was not enrolled this semester, but is a previous student. Gott is not currently enrolled, but he was enrolled at the time of the incident.
No disciplinary action has yet taken place from the university, Ballard said, so Gott's decision to un-enroll would have been voluntary.
Students were asked to turn themselves in by noon Wednesday in lieu of a physical arrest, defense attorney Michael Fiser said.
J. David Bourland, who represents Hall, said he's confident his client did not commit a crime.
"We express our sympathy and condolences to the family for a very regretful event," Bourland said, adding that Hall has and will continue to cooperate with the investigation. "I'm confident my client has committed no infraction of the law and certainly not hazing."
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Louisiana's law prohibiting hazing carries a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail upon conviction or a fine no more than $100, or both. The statute also notes that a student shall be expelled from the educational institution, apparently upon conviction.
A negligent homicide conviction carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000, or both.
Franz Borghardt, an attorney for Pennison, said it's important to remember that aside from one student facing a negligent homicide charge, the other students are not being booked with Gruver's death.
"Maxwell was a part of this fraternity," Borghardt said. "He was their friend. He was one of theirs."
Borghardt also said he had questions about the expulsion component of the hazing statute. He said it's questionable whether it's constitutional that a criminal statute could require a school to expel a student, noting his client has not yet been notified about his status as a student.
State District Judge Mike Erwin set Naquin's bail at $10,000. The judge set $5,000 bails for each of the nine other students booked.
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Gruver and other Phi Delta Theta pledges received a group text message Sept. 13 that "Bible Study" would take place that night at 10 p.m. at the chapter house, an exercise where pledges were asked questions about the fraternity and forced to drink if they answered incorrectly, according to an LSU Police search warrant filed in court last week.
LSU police said that several other interviews of witnesses "indicated that the pledges were forced to drink in excess."
Phi Delta Theta has since been kicked off LSU's campus, and LSU officials are reviewing policies governing Greek life.