New prices have been introduced at the moment in reference to the loss of life of Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza earlier this 12 months.
Charges embrace involuntary manslaughter, aggravated badault and hazing, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller mentioned at a press convention. One particular person is charged for allegedly deleting surveillance video from the basement of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity home, the place prosecutors say Piazza was pressured to drink and in the end suffered a deadly damage this February.
Initially, 18 former Beta Theta Pi members confronted prices in connection to Piazza’s loss of life, with prosecutors alleging many have been concerned in making an attempt to cowl up the incident and “coordinate a story.”
One former fraternity member allegedly texted his girlfriend “drink hazing can send me to jail,” and “I don’t want to go to jail for this.” “I think we are f—–,” he added.
“Make certain the pledges clear the basement and eliminate any proof of alcohol,” one of many fraternity members allegedly texted one other after Piazza’s damage.
However, in September, prices have been dismissed utterly in opposition to 4 of the previous fraternity members who have been going through single counts of both tampering with proof or recklessly endangering one other particular person. The most severe prices — involuntary manslaughter and aggravated badault — have been additionally dropped for eight former fraternity members. Cases in opposition to 14 college students have been set to maneuver ahead for much less severe alleged offenses.
Today Parks Miller mentioned 5 of the people already going through prices will now face new prices, and he or she additionally introduced prices in opposition to 12 new defendants.
Parks Miller mentioned at the moment that the basement video confirmed Piazza was given a minimum of 18 drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes.
In the basement video, Piazza “never once obtained any of those drinks for himself,” Parks Miller mentioned.
The night of Feb. 2, after participating in an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual often known as the “Gauntlet,” a closely intoxicated Piazza, 19, was heard falling down the steps. He was later discovered mendacity face down on the backside.
What occurred subsequent is described in horrific element in a grand jury report citing proof together with surveillance video, witness testimony and cellphone information.
Members of the fraternity carried Piazza up the steps and put him on the sofa. They dumped water on his face and slapped him in an obvious try and wake him, to no avail. When one pledge tried to intervene, insisting they get Piazza some badist, he was shoved right into a wall and instructed the brothers had it underneath management.
As the evening went on, Piazza tried time and again to face on his personal, falling every time and ultimately going nonetheless. By the morning of Feb. three, he was respiratory closely, with blood on his face. When a fraternity member lastly known as 911 for badist, Piazza’s pores and skin had turned grey.
He died a day later of traumatic mind accidents.
The fraternity itself, which was barred from Penn State, can also be going through prices.
Piazza’s father, Jim Piazza, mentioned on the information convention that his son “was a happy and caring human being” who “was killed at the hands of those he was seeking friendship from.”
“The visions of him lying in a hospital bed battered and bruised and on life support … make no sense,” Jim Piazza mentioned. “He was just trying to join an organization.”
He added, “Hazing is illegitimate and justice must be served.”