Friday, 18 August, 2017

Penn State fraternity death hearing to resume

Deleted video footage and the defense's arguments | Recapping Day 4 of the Timothy Piazza preliminary hearing Update on PSU hazing death preliminary
Sammy Stanley | 12 August, 2017, 03:35

Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore at Penn State, fell down the stairs at the Beta Theta Pi house during a night of drinking for a pledge ceremony there on February 2.

Piazza's death "was the direct result of traumatic brain injuries", according to the forensic pathologist on the case.

Security camera footage inside the house showed fraternity members holding Piazza down, strapping a weight-loaded backpack to keep him from turning over and choking, pouring liquids on him and trying to get him to stand, although he appeared to be unconscious.

During Friday's preliminary hearing, Karen Muir, the attorney for Braxton Becker, questioned Bream's role in the alleged coverup following Piazza's death.

Eighteen members of the now shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity have been charged.

In May, a grand jury handed down charges against eight fraternity officers and members for involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in Piazza's death, and against 10 others for crimes ranging from furnishing alcohol to minors to evidence tampering and simple assault.

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Most defendants to date have tried to paint as narrow a picture as possible of their clients' interaction with Piazza on the night of the accident. The preliminary hearing was recessed until the end of the month.

Ambrose requested that a court order be issued requiring Bream to appear as a witness or be held in contempt. District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller argued that neither of the individuals served constituted an applicable person to serve in Bream's absence.

Sinclair is considering whether the case should go to trial.

Bream, who served as Beta Theta Pi's advisor, was present the night a heavily-intoxicated Piazza fell head-first down a set of basement stairs during a bid acceptance party.

The hearing resumes at 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

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