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Pennsylvania court sees fraternity drinking video from night student died

18 Juin 2017

"He is unconscious, his eyes are closed, he is limp. He is dead weight", State College Det. Dave Scicchitano testified. His fist was clenched so tight that one of the students struggled to pry his fingers open.

While Piazza's condition deteriorated, the students he was hoping would become his fraternity brothers were deleting text messages and debating whether to scrub security footage that showed the moments leading up to his grievous injuries, prosecutors said.

Center County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller used the video at a hearing to help establish the state's case against 16 members of a Pennsylvania State University fraternity accused in the February 4 hazing death of Timothy Piazza, 19.

The hearing is expected to conclude later on Monday, at which point Magisterial District Judge Allen Sinclair will rule whether Parks Miller has established enough of a case to advance it to Centre County Court of Common Pleas.

After consuming a lethal amount of alcohol, Piazza fell down a flight of stairs head first.

Brothers are seen over the next few hours positioning and repositioning him on the couch to keep him from falling.

Tim's parents, Jim and Evelyn, sat in the front row of the courthouse nearly directly across the former members who were being charged in relation to their son's death.

Penn State has permanently banned the fraternity, citing excess drinking, drug use and hazing.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - Penn State is making a slew of changes to its Greek system, includ... A fraternity brother attempted to shake him but then left the room. They face charges that include, for some, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, while others face much less serious offenses.

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An investigation, according to the grand jury report, also revealed members discussed what to do and discussed ways to cover up what happened before calling 9-1-1 on the morning of Feb 3.

Still, it would take almost 40 minutes for Beta Theta Pi brothers to call 911 after finding 19-year-old Timothy Piazza unconscious.

Ryan McCann, charged with one count of tampering with evidence, was the former member who made the 9-11 call almost 12 hours after Piazza's first fall, and failed to mention the fall at all, only disclosing that alcohol was involved after being prompted by the operator.

Shortly before 4 a.m., after a fraternity member saw him on the floor and put a blanket over him, Piazza was alone in the floor of the fraternity house. At 5 a.m., he fell, hit his head on an iron railing and landed on a stone floor. "They should have been trying to get him help". Fraternity brothers stepped over him.

Piazza's initial fall down 15 stairs was not specifically recorded.

Members of the fraternity went looking for him the next morning and found him in the basement, unconscious with labored breathing.

Prosecutors on Monday played videotape from inside a Penn State fraternity that showed a pledge suffering through an agonizing night from untreated injuries sustained in a fall during an alcohol-fueled event as his friends failed to call for help.

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