Today will release new info. on PSU hazing trial

New information in Beta Theta Pi Investigation

Based on what police saw in the newly visible video, Parks Miller filed new charges against 17 fraternity brothers, five of whom were already facing criminal charges in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza.

"The basement video captures the ongoing hazing that occurred on bid acceptance night and the continued repeated furnishing of alcohol by Beta brothers to Tim Piazza, as well as the other pledges, throughout the evening", the district attorney's office said in a statement, according to WTAE-TV.

His death prompted calls to change Greek life culture and stop hazing and alcohol abuse on campuses nationally, and drove an attempt to overhaul fraternity rules at the flagship state campus, which banned the chapter and implemented stricter rules on parties and greater oversight of the social groups.

Piazza died of a fractured skull and other injuries two days after drinking a unsafe amount of alcohol at a pledge ceremony and falling down basement stairs.

Piazza, 19, died after his first night pledging Beta Theta Pi, a fraternity that was supposed to be alcohol-free as a result of a suspension eight years ago.

The new video evidence was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from security camera video which was previously deleted from the fraternity house, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller confirmed Monday. His lawyer, Karen Gwyn Muir, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"He deleted it in front of the police", Parks Miller said, adding that the forensic analysis showed Becker made "a series of deliberate commands" on the machine to delete the basement portion of the video.

"Brothers were coming up to him and giving him those drinks", Miller said.

"It's time to man up, fellas, and be held accountable for your actions", Piazza's father, James, told reporters during the news conference, as his voice cracked with emotion. "Over the last several months we listened to defense arguments centered around victim blaming or how could the defendants have known they were putting someone seriously at risk since no one died before, as if they were entitled to one free death, or the catch all argument of 'we don't know.' They claimed we don't know what else happened other than what was seen in the upstairs video and we don't know what happened in the basement".

The fraternity brothers started out asking pledges to "shotgun" or quickly consume a can of beer when they got into the basement, she said.

"Guess what, guys. Now we know", Piazza said.

She declined Monday to detail if the deleted video shows Piazza falling down the steps, but said he does appear inebriated in the video.

The Centre County District Attorney isn't holding back.

"As a human, I have tremendous empathy for the tragedy of the situation", attorney Bill Brennan said.

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