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Video expected to be shown in Penn State pledge's death case

14 Juin 2017

Civil attorney Tom Kline, who represents Piazza's parents, called the tape painful to watch. "We are highly offended by the insensitivity displayed given the severity of the crimes committed and ultimate outcome".

Surveillance video recorded inside the fraternity house the night Piazza was fatally injured is expected to be played in open court Monday.

Video shot inside the Beta Theta Pi house is being shown from the night the pledge, from Lebanon, New Jersey, was fatally injured in a series of falls.

The hearing on Monday at a courthouse on campus was continued by the judge with the first witness on the stand.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller responding saying they will receive it in discovery. "It did not go unnoticed by me, and more importantly, by the family", he said.

Piazza was carried upstairs and had labored breathing, he said. "This is about a dead boy". "Thankfully, the judge quickly brought them in order". The fraternity members appear agitated and at one point a shoving match erupts between two men.

The hearing did not finish Monday, and when it resumes defense lawyers will be able to cross-examine State College police Detective David Scicchitano.

"I was underwhelmed by the evidence presented today", said Michael Engel, who represents Gary DeBilio.

Of the 14 pledges, 12 were under the legal drinking age including 19-year-old Piazza. "They certainly heard shocking, disturbing testimony". "We hope to develop more information during the preliminary hearing process, and beyond, that will demonstrate that numerous charges in this case are just not applicable to the conduct".

"They killed him", he said.

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Pledges were made to chug vodka and beer.

Much of hearing centered on the actions of fraternity members in the over 12 hours between when Timothy Piazza fell face-first down a set of basement stairs and when 9-1-1 was called. Almost 12 hours passed before anyone called for an ambulance, the grand jury presentment said. He also was seen falling and hitting his head on the stone floor, and grabbing his head and midsection in apparent agony.

"He looked dead", said Scicchitano.

The eighteen former members charged for their alleged roles in Piazza's death and related hazing activities faced their preliminary hearing Monday.

Only two people, Ed Gilmartin, vice president of Beta Theta Pi, and Ryan Foster, waved their right to a preliminary hearing. She pointed out the fraternity had pledges run "the gauntlet" before, resulting in heavily-intoxicated students and injuries from falls. His blood-alcohol measured at a unsafe level. "And as a result, they are the cause of Tim coming nearly to a.4 (blood-alcohol content) level of alcohol".

Parks Miller said in response that Bernlohr was "ignoring completely the basis of liability under criminal law for recklessly causing a death". "He gets up again and attempts to go to the front door, but before he reaches it he falls head first into the door", the grand jury report says. At about 10 a.m., fraternity members found the 19-year-old in the basement lying on his back, breathing heavily and with blood on his face.

Piazza's father also said the decision to wait to call for help cost his son his life.

The fraternity, suspended in 2009 for alcohol-related violations, had reopened as a "dry" house in 2010, with the cameras installed as a condition of the resumption of its charter.

Video expected to be shown in Penn State pledge's death case