Nine Former LSU DKE Fraternity Members Booked into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison

BATON ROUGE- LSU spokesperson Ernie Ballard confirmed that nine former members of LSU's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity were arrested and booked into East Baton Rouge Parish this morning. 

The LSU chapter of DKE was shut down indefinitely last month, facing charges for hazing-related activities and alcohol violations.

The charges of arrest range from misdemeanors, to criminal hazing to felony second degree battery. The chapter and its members have faced similar charges in the past.

Just one month before the death of Max Gruver, a former LSU student and member of the fraternity was charged with misdemeanor simple battery after pushing another student down several flights of stairs during a recruitment event for the chapter.

The LSU chapter was last placed under investigation in 2006 after reports of suspicious initiation activities, after officials found a goat in the house.

"This type of behavior is unacceptable and at complete odds with what we expect from our students," Jason Droddy, LSU Interim Vice President for Strategic Communications said. "It does not belong at LSU."

The former members' face the following charges:

• Charles Eugene Brakenridge, 23, Ferriday, La. - 1 count of Principal to Criminal Hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of criminal hazing - representative duty to report (misdemeanor)

• Blake Andrew Chalin, 20, Gretna, La. - 3 counts of criminal hazing (misdemeanor)

• Cade Rain Duckworth, 23, Lafayette, La. - 3 counts of criminal hazing (misdemeanor); 1 count of attempted second degree battery (felony); 1 count of second degree battery (felony); and 1 count of false imprisonment (felony)

• Gaston Thomas Eymard, 23, Kenner, La. - 1 count of criminal hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of second degree battery (felony)

• Shakti P. Gilotra, 22 - 1 count of criminal hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of second degree battery (felony)

• Joseph Dylan Harkrider, 19, Zachary, La. - 1 count of criminal hazing (misdemeanor)

• Malcolm Richard McNiece, 23, Baton Rouge, La. - 4 counts of criminal hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of second degree battery (felony)

• Alexander Joseph Rozas, 23, Jennings, La. - 1 county of principal to criminal hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of criminal hazing - representative duty to report (misdemeanor)

• Garrett Joseph Sanders, 21, Minden, La. - 1 count principal to criminal hazing (misdemeanor) and 1 count of criminal hazing - representative duty to report (misdemeanor)

Former pledges have started to speak up by giving accounts of horrifying hazing practices to be used in court documents.

The fraternity is known around campus for the controversial banners they hung at their house. Banners included jokes regarding minorities and victims of gun violence. LSU had little jurisdiction over these actions because the fraternity's land is owned by Huey P. Long, who had the house built for his son in 1932. 

The Fraternity is the oldest known, with both of the Bush Presidents as well as Brett Kavanaugh as alumni.

"This is a sad day for the university, but one that illustrates the cultural shift occurring at LSU," Droddy said. "The quick action by the national DKE organization by revoking the chapter’s charter and the cooperation of several witnesses in this investigation demonstrate a growing recognition that hazing and other harmful activities cannot be tolerated."