Beta Theta Pi brothers gave their pledge 18 drinks in an hour and 22 minutes, surveillance video from the basement of the fraternity house shows.
The new tape led Centre County’s district attorney, Stacy Parks Miller, to announce additional criminal charges Monday against frat members as a result of the investigation into deleted surveillance video from Feb. 2 when Timothy J. Piazza participated in a hazing ritual.
Twelve more Beta Theta Pi members have been charged, including five facing manslaughter charges. At least two dozen people now face charges in the case.
The uncovered footage sheds fresh light on the events that resulted in the 19-year-old’s death, Jim Piazza, Tim Piazza’s father, said Monday afternoon.
“Now we know,” he said, his voice often breaking as he read a prepared statement. “Justice needs to be done.”
Not only does Penn State need to take a tougher stand against hazing and drinking, but the fraternity members, who said that they did not know what happened that evening, should “man up,” Jim Piazza said.
The elder Piazza said fraternity members should have known the consequences of the hazing.
“Did no one pay attention in high school health class?” he asked.
With his wife by his side, Jim Piazza said this will be the first holiday season the family has spent without their son.
One defendant, a fraternity member, is accused of deleting the video as police were seeking the footage in February. When authorities initially evaluated the video footage, fraternity brothers led police to believe that the basement cameras had been inoperable the night that new pledges were going through the hazing.
Tim Piazza of Readington Township, N.J., suffered a fractured skull, shattered spleen and other injuries after falling on the basement stairs. His blood-alcohol content was estimated at several times the legal limit for adult drivers.
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