Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Global | By Shelia Dennis

District Attorney: Beta Theta Pi Member Deleted Basement Surveillance Following Piazza's Death

District Attorney: Beta Theta Pi Member Deleted Basement Surveillance Following Piazza's Death

The new charges against the Beta Theta Pi brothers - which also include hazing and giving alcohol to minors - follow an Federal Bureau of Investigation a probe into the missing security footage that prosecutors say they allegedly deleted in the men deleted after wake of 19-year-old Tim Piazza's death. death, according to reports.

A Niskayuna man and Penn State fraternity house manager intentionally deleted crucial video that showed events leading up to the death of a fraternity pledge earlier this year, a Pennsylvania prosecutor said Monday.

The Beta Theta Pi house was shut down shortly after Piazza's death and remains empty.

Parks Miller challenged that, too.

Becker's attorney could not be reached for comment Monday.

In February 2017, Penn State sophomore Timothy Piazza died suffering from a collapsed lung, a ruptured spleen and a fatal head injury after a night of hazing at the Beta Theta Pi fraternity house.

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The charges come from surveillance video that allegedly showed various members of the fraternity giving Piazza 18 alcoholic beverages in the span of 1 hour and 22 minutes, Parks said. Fraternity brothers bringing him drink after drink, obtaining nothing by himself.

While he was at a fraternity party, he was put through "The Gauntlet", a drinking game during which fraternity brothers force pledges to drink alcohol at different "stations" of the party.

Prosecutors previously had video from elsewhere in the house, but not the basement.

Piazza subsequently stumbled toward the basement steps, then fell down them.

The emergence of the basement video, however, deals a blow to those defense arguments and various "what-if" scenarios that defense attorneys relied on during the preliminary hearing.

"They claimed we don't know what else happened other than what was seen in the upstairs video and we don't know what happened in the basement", Jim Piazza told PennLive.

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"It's time to man up, fellas, and be held accountable for your actions", Piazza's father, James, told reporters during the news conference, as his voice cracked with emotion.

Eleven of the 12 face charges of hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts related to liquor.

A judge in September tossed out the most serious charges, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, against eight of the former members.

The future of this case remains uncertain with Parks Miller losing her bid for re-election.

"He deleted it in front of the police", Parks Miller said, adding the forensic analysis showed Becker made "a series of deliberate commands" on the machine to delete the basement portion of the video. Ryan Burke Involuntary Manslaughter Aggravated Assault Simple Assault Reckless Endangering Another Person Hazing Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 3.

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