Charlotte native 21-year-old Zachary Hall was one of the ten fraternity brothers charged in the death of LSU freshman 18-year-old Max Gruver. She says after Gruver's death, more students are willing to come forward and report hazing.
Some of the frat members turned themselves in Wednesday. The hazing charges against all 10 suspects, whose ages range from 18 to 21, are misdemeanors.
After the deadly incident, LSU President F. King Alexander issued a statement saying, "Hazing is risky, irresponsible and unacceptable".
Others found Gruver motionless and barely breathing around 9 a.m.
Clark, the coroner, concluded Gruver died of acute alcohol intoxication with aspiration.
Witnesses told police that Naquin didn't like Gruver because he was often late for fraternity events. He died at a hospital later that day.
The fraternity's national office said it closed the chapter after Gruver's death.
Another Texan, Nicholas Tavlli, 20, of Cypress, is among those facing a misdemeanor charge of hazing. Two others, Patrick Forde, 20, and Sean Paul Gott, 21, are not enrolled at the university but have connections to the frat, according to NBC.
"Let's just wait until the evidence comes in", he said.
"I'm speaking for only my client", said Hall's attorney, David Bourland.
The maximum sentence for a hazing conviction is 30 days in jail, while negligent homicide is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, according to Moore.
While most of the pledges at that night's "Bible Study" were only told to drink three or four "pulls" - or three-to-five second swigs - of the alcohol, Gruver was told to drink 10-12 "pulls". Investigators seized a cellphone belonging to the fraternity member who sent the group text message about the "Bible Study" session. She hopes these students can find other ways to bond within the fraternity.
(WWL.com) Four fraternities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been suspended in the wake of LSU Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver's death. "We do the recognition and the education with the new members as well, the next step is reporting it".
A tragedy at Louisiana State University is hitting close to home in the Queen City.