The new tape led Centre County's district attorney, Stacy Parks Miller, to announce additional criminal charges against frat members as a result of the investigation into deleted surveillance video from February 2 when Timothy J. Piazza participated in a hazing ritual.
Deleted surveillance footage recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation shows Penn State fraternity pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks in the span of 1 hour and 22 minutes, the Pittsburgh NBC affiliate reports.
The judge let stand lesser charges against them and six others, but dismissed other charges altogether against four of the members of the fraternity. With the addition of those charges, 17 people have now been charged in connection to the case. But prosecutors say a fraternity member erased key footage from a basement camera.
The house's security system had captured numerous events the night Piazza was injured and that footage had already been played at a preliminary hearing for those charged previously. His attorney, Karen Muir, could not immediately be reached for comment.
According to Parks Miller, the basement video clearly shows a continuation of the hazing activity previously captured upstairs during the gauntlet. She added that the brothers were the only ones seen handing the drinks to Piazza during the February 2 pledge event.
"Brothers were coming up to him and giving him those drinks", local District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said Monday, according to CBS. After drinking excessively that night, Piazza fell down a flight of stairs, but no one called for help for nearly 12 hours, police said. "We know exactly the time it was deleted and the police were indeed in the house". "The visions of him lying in the hospital bed, battered and bruised and on life-support, looking as if he got hit by a tractor-trailer made no sense".
Jim Piazza said this son should have been returning home for Thanksgiving break this Friday, making this time especially painful for the family.
The news conference is set for one o'clock this afternoon.
"As a human, I have tremendous empathy for the tragedy of the situation", attorney Bill Brennan said.
He added, "Sometimes tragedies just occur, and they're not crimes".
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