Tim Piazza death investigation

Tim Piazza death investigation: Prosecutor announces new charges

Penn State released a statement in response to Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller's announcement on Monday of new charges against former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza.

During an August preliminary hearing - the most-serious charges levied against 18 former Beta Theta Pi brothers were eventually dropped - Detective David Scicchitano testified in court that the video camera stationed in the basement - which was previously said to have been not working - actually was functioning on the night in question. The 12th person, who is accused of deleting the video, was charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing administration of law and hindering apprehension.

"It was manually deleted through certain menus", said Miller of the video.

Becker's attorney, Karen Muir, did not return repeated calls from PennLive Monday.

Piazza fell down a set of stairs and suffered fatal injuries in February after prosecutors said pledges were forced to drink a risky amount of alcohol and were then made to run a "gauntlet" of booze-drinking stations. Piazza was furnished with at least 18 drinks in 1 hour and 22 minutes, Parks Miller's office said.

"Hazing is illegal and justice needs to be served", they said.

"Brothers were coming up to him and giving him those drinks", Miller said.

Piazza, 19, died after his first night pledging Beta Theta Pi, a fraternity that was supposed to be alcohol-free as a result of a suspension eight years ago.

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

Piazza's father, Jim Piazza, referenced the defense attorneys and their efforts to "blame the victim", when he spoke to reporters Monday. "Guess what guys. Now we know.It's time to man-up fellas and be accountable for your actions".

The new video evidence was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from security camera video which was previously deleted from the fraternity house, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller confirmed Monday.

A total of 17 fraternity members are now facing various charges, including involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, hazing and furnishing alcoholic beverages to a minor under the age of 21. Investigators say the video shows Piazza does not obtain his own alcohol at any point.

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

The defendants have denied all charges.

Five of the new defendants are charged with involuntary manslaughter.

In addition, more charges were levied against five fraternity brothers who already were charged in the initial round. Gary Dibilio Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 3. "If you did not commit the acts you did, we would not be here today". He also addressed the defendants in his remarks.

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