Hearing underway for frat brothers in Penn St pledge's death


Magisterial District Judge Allen Sinclair granted a defense motion to continue the hearing to a later date to allow for additional cross-examination and testimony before ruling whether the case will proceed to trial.

The Beta Theta Pi members and the fraternity itself face the preliminary hearing that will determine if there's enough evidence to send the case to trial.

The last time the former members were in the courthouse they were officially read their charges and released on either $100,000 or $50,000 unsecured bail and travel restrictions.

Eighteen Penn State students are facing charges: eight for involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; four for reckless endangerment and hazing, among other charges; and six for evidence tampering. His neck wrapped in a brace, a tube extending from his mouth and noticeable red marks bruises on his body.

"They put him on a couch, put a blanket over him and stood around and talked for a while", Scicchitano said.

Julian Allatt, representing Lars Kenyon, said during the hearing that for 10 minutes after police responded to the 9-1-1 call, no first-responder rendered first aid either, according to PennLive.

By the next morning, after he spent hours untouched after falling down a flight of stairs, Piazza "looked dead", Scicchitano said. By the time help was called the next day, a police official said he had the look of a "corpse".

Security camera footage played Monday at a hearing for Penn State fraternity members shows a pledge in apparent agony in the hours after falling down basement steps - and members of the fraternity he had just joined trying to physically restrain him. Piazza's parents, who were in attendance at the hearing, stepped out of the courtroom prior to the start of the video. They failed to get help for him for many hours, authorities said.

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"We charged these people for deliberately getting these young men to a fatally high level of alcohol", Parks Miller said. After watching the footage, some of the defendants laughed during breaks in the proceedings. What was originally over 12 hours along, the video was cut down to highlight the points of the video determined to be relevant to the case - still about three hours in length.

Text messages shown by Parks Miller also reportedly showed fraternity members had ordered pledges to clean the basement of alcohol after Piazza had been taken away.

In reference to the charges against the fraternity brothers, Piazza's father said he would be "good with 20 years".

James Piazza and Evelyn Piazza, who were in the courtroom in the morning, left when prosecutors said they would be showing three hours of surveillance footage from inside the fraternity house on the night Timothy fell and into the next morning, when, nearly 12 hours later, a fraternity member finally called 9-1-1.

And alcohol was involved. His blood-alcohol measured at a risky level. The legal limit for driving under the influence.08 percent.

As the video progresses, Piazza can be seen staggering around before disappearing from the frame.

Piazza was carried upstairs after the fall, appearing unconscious.

At about 3:50 a.m. camera time, he's seen alone in the room, rolling around on he floor. Jim Piazza held his head in his hands and sobbed as prosecutors showed pictures of his son in the hospital. Doctors told the detective that Piazza was likely in extreme pain.