Charged in pledge’s death, suspect says grand jury flawed

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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) 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.


Information from: The Advocate,

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