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Penn State frat brothers waiting for ruling in house death case

Eleven members of a now-closed Penn State fraternity is waiting to hear whether a judge thinks there is enough evidence for prosecutors to deal with charges in the death of a promise from last year.

District judge Allen Sinclair in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, is expected to issue a decision Wednesday after three days of testimony in a preliminary hearing for the members of Beta Theta Pi.

The case is back in front of Sinclair for a second preliminary hearing, because prosecutors refiled charges that he threw in September in connection with the death of the 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Sinclair will determine whether the plaintiffs have met a relatively low standard for sending the allegations to the county court.

Piazza died from head and abdominal injuries sustained during a night of drinking and hazing.

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