Апреля 23, 2018

Detective: Frat pledge given 18+ drinks in under 90 minutes before death

13 Ноября 2017, 10:39 | Taylor George

Tmothy Piazza 19 fell down a set of stairs and suffered fatal injuries at a fraternity house

Penn State Frat House

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. He died after falling in the house and fracturing his skull.

The footage in question led to new charges against 12 people in the case, ranging from felony aggravated assault to misdemeanors.

Prosecutors contend Piazza was compelled to drink huge measures of liquor.

Nine members already charged in the case face no new charges. "He never once obtained his own alcohol".

The district attorney re-filed charges and added new charges after recovering video allegedly previously deleted by Beta Theta Pi brothers.

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Piazza participated in a booze-fueled hazing ritual at the fraternity in 2017, then later tumbled into the basement and hit his head - but the brothers waited 12 hours before calling an ambulance. "While I have tremendous empathy for the Piazza family and pray for them every single day as a man and as a father, as a lawyer, I'm outraged that this DA would charge my client again". "Over the last several months we listened to defense arguments centered around victim blaming or how could the defendants have known they were putting someone seriously at risk since no one died before, as if they were entitled to one free death, or the catch all argument of 'we don't know.' They claimed we don't know what else happened other than what was seen in the upstairs video and we don't know what happened in the basement".

"[Tim] was a happy and caring human being and loving son who just wanted to join an organization to find friendships and camaraderie", he said.

Deleted video surveillance was recovered. "Instead, he was killed".

Deleted surveillance footage recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in the span of 1 hour and 22 minutes, the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate reports.

Footage retrieved from the frat's extensive system of security cameras captured numerous events that day. Fraternity brothers had previously told police the video system in the basement was not working during the ceremony.

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