BELLEFONTE, Pa. – A judge who earlier threw out the most serious charges in connection with the death of a Penn State pledge, said on Tuesday he needs a night to consider whether there is sufficient evidence to recover some of the costs.
District judge Allen Sinclair said after three days of testimony, which he will announce Wednesday that 11 former Beta Theta Pi fraternity members should be sent to county court.
The former members of the now-closed fraternity were involved in a property bid acceptance ceremony and celebration-the night of the Feb. 2, 2017, in which the 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, consumes a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell a few times.
Piazza severe head and abdomen injuries, including a fractured skull and a broken spleen, and later died in a hospital.
Security video recovered from the house showed that the Piazza and the other buildings were by a “glove” of the drink stations, after which they continued to drink in the cellar, so much that the Piazza had to be led upstairs on a couch while a party raged around him.
He then stumbled to the basement stairs and fell down them, making him unconscious. He was then carried up to the bank, where he spent most of the evening and overnight. Fraternity members did not call for assistance, but tied up in a loaded backpack to him to prevent him from turning around and choking on his vomit, and the other time they tried to hold him down.
The cameras captured Piazza stumble around the first floor, during the early hours of the night, falling a few times. The next morning he had returned to the basement, where the fraternity members found him unconscious and carried him to the top again. They waited 40 minutes to call for help.
Piazza was estimated to have consumed three or four times the legal limit of alcohol for driving.
After a grand jury investigation, the local prosecutor charged the members of the brotherhood, and even more charges and more defendants after the FBI helped in the restore of images from the basement that a fraternity member allegedly removed on purpose. Prosecutors have since taken over the case.