Ten more Penn State stu­dents charged in haz­ing death of pledge

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

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.

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