Ex-LSU student charged in hazing death says computer glitch made indictment unfair

Published 9:39 pm Tuesday, June 25, 2019

A former Louisiana State University student charged in the alcohol-related hazing death of a fraternity pledge wants his indictment thrown out because a computer glitch skewed the selection of the grand jury members.

The Advocate reports that 21-year-old Matthew Naquin’s attorney made the request in a state court motion.

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.

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Naquin, of Fair Oaks Ranch, Texas, was indicted on a negligent homicide charge in freshman Max Gruver’s 2017 death. Gruver was from Roswell, Georgia.

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