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Vast Penn State hazing death case grinds through the courts

HARRISBURG, Pa. – The vast criminal proceedings against the former members of a Penn State fraternity about the death of a pledge last year, is about to pick up steam.

A judge has scheduled, what will be the case is the fourth multi-day preliminary hearing, and the first conviction is also on the horizon.

There are 25 members of the shutters for the Beta Theta Pi currently facing charges in connection with the February 2017 death of Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

He was mortally wounded in a series of waterfalls during a night of drinking and hazing after participating in a pledge bid acceptance ceremony. A 26 defendant has pleaded guilty.

The case has also led to an ongoing effort to toughen Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law.

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