Fraternity accused over pledge's hazing death say he was a 'party animal' who ...

Max Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Georgia, died of after playing a drinking game at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house on Louisiana State University's campus on September 14, 2017

Max Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Georgia, died of after playing a drinking game at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house on Louisiana State University's campus on September 14, 2017

The defense attorney for the former Louisiana State University student facing years in prison in the hazing death of a freshman says the teenager had a recent history of heavy drinking and drug use.

Phi Delta Theta pledge Max Gruver, 18, of Roswell, Georgia, died of alcohol poisoning on September 14, 2017, after playing a drinking game at the fraternity's house on LSU's campus.

An autopsy revealed Gruver's blood alcohol level was 0.495 percent around the time of his death, more than six times the legal limit to drive in Louisiana.

Former LSU student Matthew Naquin, 21, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, has been charged with negligent homicide for allegedly forcing Gruver to play the drinking game called 'Bible Study.'

The game required Gruver to recite facts about his fraternity and chug hard liquor whenever he gave a wrong answer.

Naquin is scheduled to stand trial July 8 and could receive up to five years in prison if convicted. 

His former roommate, Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, of Butte, Montana, and ex-LSU student Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, were also charged in connection with the hazing death.

Both have both pleaded 'no contest' to misdemeanor hazing and agreed to testify against Naquin's during his trial. 

Former LSU student Matthew Naquin, 20, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is scheduled to stand trial on July 8 for the hazing death of a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge

Former LSU student Matthew Naquin, 20, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, is scheduled to stand trial on July 8 for the hazing death of a Phi Delta Theta fraternity pledge

Ryan Matthew Isto, 19

Sean-Paul Gott, 22

Naquin's former roommate, Ryan Matthew Isto, 19, of Butte, Montana, and ex-LSU student Sean-Paul Gott, 22, of Lafayette, have both pleaded 'no contest' to misdemeanor

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