UPDATE: Max Gruver was a “dead man walking” according to expert witness

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UPDATE: BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA) – (7/17/19) The Max Gruver trial continues. 

On Tuesday jurors watched and listened to Dr. Patricia Williams, a diplomat of the American board of toxicology, and expert witness.

She told the jury that with the amount of alcohol that Gruver consumed during the initiation game, bible study, it would have taken 40 hours to get it out of his system. She said he only “lasted” 11.

According to witnesses, wrong answers to bible study meant pledges like Gruver had to take three to five second pulls of Everclear, which is a 190-proof alcohol.

Williams testified that Gruver had what’s equivalent to 16.9 drinks of diesel in his system. Comparatively, 40 drinks of vodka or crown, a 40% alcohol.

She went on to show a chart that said one ounce of Everclear, which is what Gruver was drinking and is 95% of alcohol, would make someone’s blood alcohol concentration .03. Two ounces would make it .06 and three ounces would make it .09. Gruver’s BAC was a .495 at the time of his death. 

The courtroom was filled with silence after she said Gruver was a dead man walking at midnight when he came out of bible study. 

The trial will continue throughout this week. If convicted Matthew Naquin faces up to five years in prison. 


ORIGINAL STORY: BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – (6/26/19) A former LSU student charged in the 2017 alcohol-related hazing death of fraternity pledge Max Gruver wants the indictment thrown out because of a computer glitch.

The Advocate reports that the attorney for 21-year-old Matthew Naquin (NAH’-kan) argues in a state court motion that the selection of grand jurors for Naquin’s case was flawed.

Anyone born after mid-1993 was not called to serve on grand juries in East Baton Rouge Parish for more than seven years because of the computer glitch, which was discovered in a different case.

Naquin, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was indicted on a negligent homicide charge in Gruver’s death. He’s set for trial July 8.

But, a ruling in Naquin’s favor could mean the case would have to be presented to a new grand jury.

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