Penn State frat members charged in student death

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Eight more former members of Beta Theta Pi fraternity will be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon on charges stemming from a grand jury investigation into the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza.

Eight of his other fraternity brothers of Beta Theta Pi are also looking at involuntary manslaughter charges.

Piazza's injuries included a fracture at the base of his skull and a ruptured spleen.

There was also evidence that after Piazza was found in the morning of February 3, attempts to cover up what happened were made before help was called.

Davis's interview elaborated on what happened in the final hours of Piazza's life.

Greg Eibach and Sarah Buynovsky, both from Channel 6 WNEP, shoot a news standup outside the Penn State University Beta Theta Pi fraternity house on campus on May 5, 2017 in State College.

"This was a preventable tragedy".

Piazza thanked the district attorney "for swiftly moving to bring those who caused Tim's death to justice".

Piazza tried to get up around 3:20 a.m. but fell backward and hit his head on the wood floor, the report said.

The criminal charges were announced Friday, just before the university held spring graduation ceremonies. Young and Casey are also charged with tampering with evidence.

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Davis still bore a scar above his eye while recounting to investigators how that night he pleaded with his fellow fraternity members to get Piazza help, at one point screaming at them. That prohibition is broad, ranging from activities such as paddling and "morally degrading" activities to scavenger hunts, the grand jury says in its presentation.

Months before Piazza's death, the fraternity had dealt with another head injury sustained by a new recruit.

After Piazza feel down a set of basement stairs, the surveillance video shows him being carried to a couch, where attempts are made to revive him, according to the investigation.

"I said, 'we should call 911, he should be in an ambulance.' I was screaming", said Davis. Members allegedly observed his condition throughout the night but declined to call 911.

Timothy Piazza, a sophomore at Penn State, died in February after an alleged hazing ritual.

"The gantlet" was created to make pledges consume roughly four to five alcoholic drinks in a two-minute span, police say.

A fraternity vice president reportedly texted another member, "Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night".

At 10am the following morning, other members in the house discovered a shirtless Piazza breathing heavily with blood on his face. I said, 'No, I really do know what I'm talking about. Piazza's father, Jim Piazza, said at a press conference Friday morning, "This didn't have to happen".

Michael Angelo Schiavone and Lars Kenyon face the most charges, the release said, each with 52 counts ranging from reckless endangerment, hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to liquor. "No parent should have to deal with this". "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 w a head injury'". "And a campaign ensued in the following days to destroy any evidence that would reveal exactly what had been happening behind the doors of Beta Theta Pi". Penn State President Eric Barron called the incident "sickening and hard to understand".

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. He also fell onto a stone floor before being found in the basement hours later, it said.

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