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Recovered video leads to new charges in Penn State fraternity death

13 November 2017

The new charges are based on surveillance footage that a frat brother had deleted.

The new charges against the Beta Theta Pi brothers - which also include hazing and giving alcohol to minors - follow an Federal Bureau of Investigation a probe into the missing security footage that prosecutors say they allegedly deleted in the men deleted after wake of 19-year-old Tim Piazza's death. death, according to reports.

Police say the video was deleted after fraternity members were made aware that an investigation into Piazza's death was underway, and police planned to obtain the footage.

Stacy Parks Miller, Centre County's district attorney, told reporters that the video confirms that Beta Theta Pi pledge Timothy Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes. Another 11 frat members are already facing similar charges.

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Miller said five previous defendants in the case were being recharged, while 12 others are facing new charges.

Prosecutors previously believed that the basement cameras were not working, but Parks Miller said Monday that fraternity member Braxton Becker deleted the basement footage in front of the police as they were collecting it.

Parks Miller said the recovered video did not show Piazza's fall.

"The basement video captures the ongoing hazing that occurred on bid acceptance night and the continued repeated furnishing of alcohol by Beta brothers to Tim Piazza, as well as the other pledges, throughout the evening", the district attorney's office said in a statement, according to WTAE-TV.

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Parks Miller said preliminary arraignments for the new charges are expected to take place on November 28 and that she hopes for a preliminary hearing, joined with the refiled charges, will be held as soon as possible. With the addition of those charges, 17 people have now been charged in connection to the case.

Timothy Piazza died two days later on February 4 at a local hospital.

In September, a judge threw out manslaughter and assault charges against eight Penn State fraternity brothers in the hazing death of 19-year-old sophomore Tim Piazza, Philly.com reported. But prosecutors say a fraternity member erased key footage from a basement camera.

"Hazing is illegal and justice needs to be served", they said. "Guess what guys - now we know".

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Recovered video leads to new charges in Penn State fraternity death