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Penn State Releases Statement in Response to New Beta Theta Pi Charges

14 November 2017, 12:50 | Terri Saunders

Press conf. today will release new info. on PSU hazing trial

Tim Piazza death investigation: Prosecutor announces new charges

Parks-Miller announced the refiling of criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault, after District Justice Allen Sinclair threw out the felony charges in September against eight Beta Theta Pi fraternity members, her office said in a press release.

Prosecutors have filed new charges against members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State, alleging that newly recovered video shows them serving pledge Timothy Piazza excessive quantities of alcohol.

The video was reportedly erased after the fraternity brothers found out that an investigation into Piazza's death was underway and police planned to obtain the footage.

"State College Police sent the box to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, whose agents were able to restore the video from the deleted hard drive", the district attorney's office added. His attorney, Karen Muir, could not immediately be reached for comment. Other defense attorneys could not be reached.

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.

Reports from after Piazza's death showed other instances of fraternity members attempting to cover up the situation. Fraternity brothers had previously told police the video system in the basement was not working during the ceremony. It was an annual tradition in the beta Theta Pi house, according to previous testimony.

Piazza died after being forced to drink a toxic amount of alcohol in an alleged hazing ritual known as "the gauntlet" on February 2.

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Timothy Piazza "was a happy and caring human being" who "was killed at the hands of those he was seeking friendship from", his father said, according to ABC News. At various points in the time between, fraternity brothers allegedly slapped Piazza several times in the face and stomach.

"When it's over is when he falls", she said of the basement party. Brian Gelb Hazing Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 8.

The footage was the basis for charges against 10 additional defendants, as well as seven who had been charged previously.

"Parks Miller has vowed to push forward with the case and refiled those felony counts last month".

An attorney for one of the newly charged fraternity members said he is "flabbergasted" the district attorney is filing more charges now.

Nine members already charged in the case face no new charges. Luke Visser Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 2.

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