Ten youths involved in the hazing homicide of LSU frat pledge Maxwell Gruver, who died mid September from alcohol poisoning after a binge ritual, were served arrest warrants this week.
Phi Delta Theta suspects, Matthew Naquin, Zachary Castillo, Patrick Forde, Elliott Eaton, Sean Gott, Hudson Kirkpatrick, Ryan Isto, Sean Pennison, Nicholas Taulli and Zachary Hall, have reportedly turned themselves in to authorities.
All of them now face criminal hazing charges and possible jail time if convicted. Accused ringleader, Naquin, however, has been additionally charged with negligent homicide for orchestrating the fatal drinking "game" that killed LSU freshman Maxwell Gruver of Roswell Georgia.
Prosecutors say the 10 defendants abandoned the 18-year-old after he passed out from drinking excessively in their fraternity house, and that, by the time they did take their "unresponsive" victim to an emergency room in Baton Rouge on September 14th, he was already near death.
Gruver never regained consciousness and died in hospital later that same day. According to his autopsy report, he had a BAC of .495 percent -- a lethal level of alcohol six times the legal limit for operating a motor vehicle.
Hazing fatalities continue to plague American universities despite the controversial ceremonies having been all but banned from 'Greek Life' in recent years. Last winter, for example, one of the worst cases so far occurred on the campus of Penn State University, with the protracted "manslaughter" of Timothy Piazza.
A dangerously-intoxicated Piazza died a slow and painful death from life-threatening injuries the teen athlete sustained after repeatedly plummeting down a stairwell in the Beta Theta Pi frat house, and even being manhandled and assaulted there while comatose.
As with the current case, the entire sad and sordid event was captured on the frat's security cameras, making it fairly easy to identify all 18 of the perpetrators.
They likewise were seen on tape discussing how to escape responsibility and texting each other with *legal* advice and a concocted story, whilst actively refusing to get their dying pledge the lifesaving medical treatment he clearly required.
story by Eponymous Rox