8 members of Penn State frat due in court in pledge's death

8 members of Penn State frat due in court in pledge's death

Eight Beta Theta Pi fraternity members face charges of involuntary manslaughter; an additional 10 face lesser charges.

Eight students were charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault while ten others were charged with lesser crimes such as hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors and tampering with evidence. He arrived at the fraternity house shortly after 9 p.m. February 2 to go through what was dubbed "the gantlet" in order to become a full-fledged brother.

Beta Theta Pi International Fraternity has learned of charges levied by the Centre County District Attorney's Office against its former chapter at Penn State University and several former members after the death of new member Tim Piazza.

Old Main on the Penn State main campus in State College, Pa., Oct. 28, 2015.

Instead of calling 911, the brothers attempted to shake him, the report said.

Craig Heimer, 21, of Port Matilda, Centre County: Reckless endangerment, hazing, alcohol-related charges. Several minutes later he again tries to stand but falls facedown onto the wood floor. He had a ruptured spleen, severe injuries to his head, and a blood alcohol content somewhere between.28 and.36.

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The text in question, between Maddie Miller and Penn State's Beta Theta Pi president Brendan Young, was published in university's student newspaper, The Daily Collegian. The fraternity's worldwide chapter leaders issued a statement stating that the Penn State chapter was suspended after the death. That prohibition is broad, ranging from activities such as paddling and "morally degrading" activities to scavenger hunts, the grand jury says in its presentation. Piazza, from Readington Township in Hunterdon County, died on February 4 at Hershey Medical Center from a traumatic brain injury.

A legal analyst and the attorney representing the Piazza family say that a lawsuit against the University isn't out of the question. "They said 'oh the cameras aren't going to be checked, '" said Kordel Davis.

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Footage throughout the night shows Piazza rolling around, moving and vomiting. After he was clearly suffering, Davis urged an emergency call but was overruled by his fellow members.

Penn State President Eric Barron in a statement Friday said, "The alleged details in the grand jury presentment, which suggest the inhumane treatment of a student forced through hazing to consume unsafe amounts of alcohol and endure hours of suffering, are sickening and hard to understand". Pledges wearing khakis, button-down shirts and sports jackets were led into the room and then back out before they started the "gauntlet". The list of alcohol available at the party included cases of Crown Royal, vodka, Natural Light Beer, 15 cases of Four Loko and multiple boxes of wine, according to grand jury testimony.

Weeks before the fraternity hosted the fateful bid acceptance ritual, Young and Casey had a text conversation about the risks posed by their plans. "If anything goes wrong with the pledges this semester then both of us are f*****".

There was also evidence that after Piazza was found, attempts to cover up what happened were made before help was called.

"We're devastated by the loss of our son ...", Piazza's father, Jim, said at a news conference last week where authorities announced the charges.

"These brothers gathered around Timothy where some of them described that he looked dead and they waited over 40 minutes before they called for help while some of them Googled things like, 'What to do with a head injury?'" Miller said. While some fraternity members face up to 200 separate counts, others, including McCann, only face a single charge.

Barron says it's "numbing" to see that a unsafe atmosphere could occur at a fraternity that prided itself on commitment to each other and the community.

This Oct. 31, 2014, photo provided by Patrick Carns shows Timothy Piazza, center, with his parents Evelyn Piazza and James Piazza, during Hunterdon Central Regional High School football's "Senior Night", in Flemington, N.J.

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