New development in the Penn State hazing case. A judge has dismissed the very serious charges once, prosecutors refiled them in the fall hoping they had stuck. And the judge tossed them out again, Tim Piazza’s family watching in disappointment.
A judge dismissing the most serious charges against some of the former Penn State frat brothers who were charged with who was charged in the death of 19-year-old pledge Tim Piazza. In the blow to the prosecution, the judge dropping involuntary manslaughter charges against five of the students, but they still face the slew of other charges including tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, and hazing.
Piazza family attorney, Tom Kline said, “This is a very serious prosecution which still has remaining 560 counts against 26 individuals. Each count in and of itself carrying a year in jail. Piazza died in February 2017 following an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual. The source’s information shows him downing at least 18 drinks in less than 90 minutes. That might he fell repeatedly even down a flight of stairs. The frat brothers waiting 12 hours before calling 911.
Tim’s Father, Jim Piazza said, “Throughout the night they slapped him, they poured drinks on him. They flipped them around. All while he needed to go to the hospital.”
Prosecutors allege the students tried to cover up the drinking and one of them deleted video evidence from the basement. The FBI later recovered it and played on the court. Piazza is seen participating in alcohol-fueled fraternity rituals eventually staggering towards the basement stairs.
Penn state permanently banned the fraternity’s chapter and the university announced it made changes to Greek life policies like hiring more people to monitor their activities.