Ten more Penn State students charged in hazing death of pledge
Ten additional Penn State University fraternity members were charged Monday in the hazing death of a 19-year-old student after investigators said they had recovered deleted surveillance camera footage recorded inside a fraternity house.
The district attorney in Centre County, Pa., Stacy Parks Miller, said that the FBI had helped restore the video from a basement camera at Beta Theta Pi, which a fraternity member is accused of deleting as police were trying to obtain it. Miller said the footage allowed investigators to piece together the final hours of Tim Piazza’s life, including that he had been given at least 18 alcoholic drinks over 82 minutes at the Feb. 2 fraternity party.
Piazza, a fraternity pledge from Lebanon, N.J., became so drunk that he repeatedly fell down the basement stairs during the party, fracturing his skull and shattering his spleen. He was left unconscious and critically injured overnight in the house even though fraternity members knew he needed help, authorities have said.