Penn State Hazing Death

14 November, 2017, 01:07 | Author: Brenda Erickson
  • New charges announced in hazing death of Penn State frat pledge

The new charges against the Beta Theta Pi brothers - which also include hazing and giving alcohol to minors - follow an Federal Bureau of Investigation a probe into the missing security footage that prosecutors say they allegedly deleted in the men deleted after wake of 19-year-old Tim Piazza's death. death, according to reports.

"And Mr. Piazza in the basement video... never once obtained any of those drinks for himself", she told reporters Monday.

Authorities have recovered deleted security video that shows several Penn State fraternity brothers supplying at least 18 alcoholic drinks to a pledge in just over an hour in a hazing ritual that turned deadly. "If you did not commit the acts you did, we would not be here today".

UPDATE: The university has released a statement in response to the new charges. Braxton Becker Tampering with Evidence (1 count) Obstructing Administration of Law (1 count) Hindering Apprehension (1 count) In addition to these newly charged defendants, the following previously charged Beta brothers now face additional criminal charges based on their actions on basement video: 1. At a lengthy preliminary hearing over the initial charges in the case last summer, defense attorneys argued that Piazza's death was a tragic accident. In May, a grand jury revised that assessment, calling it "the direct result of encouraged reckless conduct".

Eight members of the frat were previously cleared of felony manslaughter and assault charges, although 14 still faced lesser charges. Surveillance footage previously played in court shows Timothy falling repeatedly, including down a flight of stairs, after the February 2 event.

The video showed Piazza stumbling around in the dark at several points, then disappearing from view.

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It would be almost another six hours before an ambulance was called for Piazza, who ultimately died with traumatic brain injuries and a ruptured spleen.

The future of this case remains uncertain with Parks Miller losing her bid for re-election.

Nine members already charged in the case face no new charges. Parks Miller, who's leaving office at the end of the year, then refiled numerous charges. "Her successor - Bernie Cantorna - has not said whether or not he intends to proceed with the prosecution".

In September, following an unusually long, hard-fought preliminary hearing, a judge dismissed the most serious charges against the fraternity members. The school has also changed the way it regulates fraternities and sororities, assuming more control over disciplinary procedures.

Piazza fell down basement steps during a night of excessive drinking, police said. "The visions of him lying in the hospital bed, battered and bruised and on life-support, looking as if he got hit by a tractor-trailer made no sense".

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