New charges filed in frat pledge’s death

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NATIONAL -

Newly re­cov­ered se­cu­rity cam­era footage from in­side a Penn State fra­ter­nity house showed a pledge had been given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said Mon­day in an­nounc­ing dozens of new charges re­lated to the pledge’s death.

Cen­tre County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Stacy Parks Miller charged 10 new de­fen­dants, re­in­stated charges against two peo­ple whose cases had been dropped and added counts against five more for ac­tions sur­round­ing the Feb. 4 death of Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Pi­azza. One fra­ter­nity mem­ber is ac­cused of delet­ing the video as po­lice were seek­ing the footage to con­ceal the worst of the drink­ing and haz­ing.

Twenty-six peo­ple now face charges in the case. Pi­azza, a 19-year-old en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent from Le­banon, N.J., suf­fered a frac­tured skull, shat­tered spleen and other in­juries, likely dur­ing a series of falls in­side the house. He was es­ti­mated to have had a blood-al­co­hol level sev­eral times the le­gal limit for adult driv­ers.

AP/Cen­tre Daily Times/PHOEBE SHEE­HAN

Stacy Parks Miller, dis­trict at­tor­ney in Cen­tre County, Pa., speaks Mon­day in Belle­fonte at a news con­fer­ence about ev­i­dence found in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the death of a fra­ter­nity pledge at Penn State.

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