Tim Piazza death investigation

Frederick Owens
November 14, 2017

Flanked by Piazza's parents, Centre County district attorney Stacy Parks Miller told reporters that 12 new defendants, as well as five old ones, were facing new criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter, hazing and giving alcohol to minors.

"The Penn State Office of Student Conduct has completed the student conduct investigation and disciplinary process for 32 individuals related to the tragic death of Timothy Piazza at the now-banned Beta Theta Pi fraternity".

Included in the charges were three misdemeanors against Braxton Becker, the fraternity brother she accused of deleting the video February 6 right in front of police officers who had shown up to retrieve it. His attorney, Karen Muir, could not immediately be reached for comment.

Timothy Piazza, 19, of Lebanon, NJ, fell down a set of stairs and suffered fatal injuries in February after prosecutors said pledges were forced to down a risky amount of alcohol and were then made to run a "gauntlet" of booze-drinking stations. The new charges are based on surveillance footage that a frat brother had deleted. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some help, he was shoved into a wall and told the brothers had it under control.

According to the press conference in Bellefonte, the video shows Tim being given 18 drinks over a period of one hour and 22 minutes. Initially, 18 former Beta Theta Pi members faced charges in connection with Piazza's death, with prosecutors alleging many were involved in attempting to cover up the incident and "coordinate a story".

Piazza fell down basement steps during a night of excessive drinking, police said.

"At the first preliminary hearing, the defense made a lot of suggestions and innuendoes about what if - what if he was serving himself alcohol in the basement? We all have proof of what happened on tape". "Guess what guys. Now we know.It's time to man-up fellas and be accountable for your actions".

According to Parks Miller, the basement video clearly shows a continuation of the hazing activity previously captured upstairs during the gauntlet.

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"When it's over is when he falls", she said of the basement party.

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

In late October, Parks Miller refiled the dismissed felony charges against Brendan Young, Luke Visser, Gary DiBileo and Michael Bonatucci.

UPDATE: The university has released a statement in response to the new charges.

In addition, more charges were levied against five fraternity brothers who already were charged in the initial round.

The footage in question led to new charges against 12 people in the case, ranging from felony aggravated assault to misdemeanors. Nick Kubera Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 4. He also addressed the defendants in his remarks. "If you did not commit the acts you did, we would not be here today".

Jim said his son should have been returning home for Thanksgiving break this Friday, making this time especially painful for the family.

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