Maxwell Gruver’s alleged substance abuse can be utilized in LSU hazing case, state Supreme Court docket says | Courts


Protection attorneys for a former LSU pupil charged within the hazing-related loss of life of Maxwell Gruver can elevate at trial Gruver’s alleged heavy ingesting and marijuana use within the month previous to his loss of life, Louisiana’s excessive courtroom dominated Saturday.

Matthew Naquin, 21, of Honest Oaks Ranch, Texas, was charged with negligent murder after Gruver died in September 2017 of alcohol poisoning in what authorities have described as a hazing ritual whereas pledging the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

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Gruver’s protection crew, citing statements from then-fraternity members, alleged in a courtroom submitting earlier this yr that Gruver drank excessively and smoked marijuana within the weeks main as much as his loss of life.

They requested that they be allowed to current proof of Gruver’s alleged substance abuse at Naquin’s trial, which is about to start with jury choice on Monday.

A state appeals courtroom dominated final week that the allegations might be utilized by Naquin’s attorneys insofar as they pertained to alleged substance abuse on the date of his loss of life. However the appellate courtroom stated any proof referring to Gruver’s alcohol use within the days and weeks main as much as his loss of life wouldn’t be admissible.

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Naquin’s lawyer, John McLindon, appealed the choice to the Louisiana Supreme Court docket, which on Saturday dominated within the protection’s favor on the difficulty. 

Prosecutors and Gruver’s dad and mom have known as the protection’s makes an attempt to introduce allegations about his earlier alcohol use victim-shaming.

East Baton Rouge District Lawyer Hillar Moore III stated he’s respectful of the Court docket’s determination however disagrees with it.

“Any allegations about Max’s use of alcohol over a thirty-day interval when he was an 18-year-old incoming freshman, away from dwelling, pledging a fraternity are irrelevant to what occurred to Max Gruver on the night time/morning when he was being hazed which result in his loss of life,” Moore stated.

“We’re ready to proceed to trial and look ahead to presenting our case and carrying our burden of proof,” he added.

McLindon most well-liked to not remark when contacted by The Advocate on Saturday.

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Makes an attempt to achieve the Gruver household for touch upon the Supreme Court docket determination Saturday night had been unsuccessful.

Employees author Joe Gyan Jr. contributed to this report.


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