(1/28/19) A former LSU student could have his own words used against him when he goes to trial for the death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver.
Prosecutors seized Matthew Naquin’s cell-phone two months after Gruver’s death but he’s refused to give them the passcode.
The Baton Rouge Advocate reports that a state judge has denied defense claims that this violates Naquin’s fifth amendment protection from incriminating himself.
Naquin faces the most serious charge in Gruver’s death — negligent homicide.
Prosecutors believe he directed Phi Delta Theta’s hazing ritual that the fraternity nicknamed ‘bible study’.
An autopsy determined that Gruver suffocated on his own vomit and had a blood alcohol level more than six times the legal limit to drive.
Two Phi Delt’s have pleaded guilty and are expected to testify against Naquin.
Naquin’s trial is set to begin in July where he could get 5 years in prison if convicted.