Grand jury indicts 4 in death of LSU fraternity pledge

EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore

EBR District Attorney Hillar Moore

The jury indicted 20-year-old Matthew Alexander Naquin of Boerne, Texas, on a charge of felony negligent homicide, and three others on a misdemeanor charge of hazing.

The grand jury declined to take action after considering whether to issue misdemeanor hazing charges against Hudson Brandt Kirkpatrick, 19, of Baton Rouge; Zachary Tower Hall, 21, of Charlotte, North Carolina; and Elliott Eaton, 20, of New Orleans.

Gruver, 18, a freshman from Roswell, died in September following a suspected hazing incident at LSU's Phi Delta Theta fraternity. The 18-year-old's body had a blood alcohol level of.495, which is more than six times the legal limit for those 21 and older to drive. Ultimately, the grand jury indicted only four.

Gruver's father, Stephen, praised the work of investigators.

In a released statement, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore's office stated the grand jury was unable to reach a consensus on the hazing charges against the remaining men arrested a year ago.

"As I've said previously, the ramifications of hazing are devastating", he said.

Naquin's attorney could not be reached for comment in time for publication. An autopsy showed Gruver's blood-alcohol content at death was 0.495 percent, Clark said.

Nine members of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity at Florida State University were charged with felony hazing after a 20-year old fraternity pledge died at an off-campus initiation party in November. Perret noted Forde was no longer an active member of the fraternity at the time of Gruver's death.

A Penn State fraternity, Beta Theta Pi, and 14 of its members faced criminal charges over the February 2017 death of a pledge fatally injured falling down stairs after alcohol-related hazing.