Attorney wants fresh look at frat house charges
By: The Associated Press
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State University fraternity member accused of new counts of furnishing alcohol to minors and liquor code violations following the death of a teenage pledge from New Jersey wants prosecutors to look at the case again.
Attorney Rocco Cipparone Jr. represents fraternity member Michael Bonatucci. The attorney said Monday he hopes the next district attorney will re-examine “the charging decisions that have been made.”
Prosecutors say newly recovered security camera footage from inside the fraternity house shows Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller has charged 10 new defendants, reinstated charges against people whose cases had been dropped and added counts against people previously charged. She is leaving office at the end of the year.
The parents of a student fatally injured at a Penn State fraternity in February say newly uncovered evidence shows their son’s would-be fraternity brothers engaged in egregious behavior.
The Centre County prosecutor announced Monday that investigators had recovered deleted security camera footage from the basement of Beta Theta Pi.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller says the new evidence enabled police to determine that 19-year-old pledge Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, was given at least 18 drinks over less than 90 minutes.
It also resulted in charges against 10 additional defendants, bringing the total to at least two dozen.
James and Evelyn Piazza say the fraternity members facing charges had to know that all that alcohol put their son at risk.
Investigators are filing new charges after recovering deleted security camera footage taken in a Penn State fraternity house the night a pledge consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal injuries.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller announced Monday that the new evidence enabled police to determine that 19-year-old Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks over less than 90 minutes.
Piazza, an engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, was found to have suffered a fractured skull, shattered spleen and other injuries.
Miller says the new footage is the basis for charges against 10 additional defendants, as well as seven who’d been charged previously.
Miller is also accusing a fraternity member of deleting the video as police were seeking the footage in February.
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