New charges filed in frat pledge’s death
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.
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.