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Video recovered, 10 more charged in Penn State frat death

New charges announced in hazing death of Penn State frat pledge 69 News
Melinda Barton | 13 November, 2017, 23:08

New charges have been filed in the death of a Pennsylvania State University student after video from a basement security camera was recovered by law enforcement officers.

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. A recovered surveillance video from the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house shows members of the fraternity giving Piazza at least 18 drinks in under 90 minutes.

Timothy Piazza, 19, was given 18 drinks in less than 2 hours, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors previously believed that the basement cameras were not working, but Parks Miller said Monday that fraternity member Braxton Becker deleted the basement footage while police were in the house to collect it.

The five remaining defendants named today, who are already facing charges in the trial, are now facing additional charges of furnishing alcohol to a minor and unlawful acts relative to liquor.

The Centre County District Attorney isn't holding back.

The Beta Theta Pi house was shut down shortly after Piazza's death and remains empty. Prosecutors contend Piazza was compelled to drink big measures of liquor.

Authorities will be releasing new information into the hazing death at Penn State during a news conference this afternoon. This reeks of malicious prosecution at this point.

Piazza's father, James Piazza, noted that witnesses and several accused members repeatedly claimed they didn't know what else happened to Tim "beyond what was seen in the upstairs video".

"Not every tragedy is a crime", he added. He says the new video shows that several people knew exactly what happened.

"We would like to thank the District Attorney and the State College police for their continued commitment and effort's in finding justice for our son Tim's death", his parents, Jim and Evelyn Piazza, said Monday. "Instead, he was killed". "The visions of him lying in the hospital bed, battered and bruised and on life-support, looking as if he got hit by a tractor-trailer made no sense".