Probe into deadly fall at Penn State frat to be released


"No parents should have to deal with this". That lead to a grand jury investigation.

Other fraternity members said they never checked IDs to see if anybody drinking was underage. Penn State's president called the grand jury's findings "sickening" and vowed to firmly enforce the new rules. The pledges were pressured to chug vodka, shotgun beers and drink wine at different stations. He consumed "a life-threatening amount of alcohol", according to grand jury findings.

The DA said hazing and excessive drinking at the Beta Theta Pi chapter house contributed to the death of the 19-year-old sophomore engineering student.

The fraternity says members were "well educated" on its policy of not tolerating hazing or alcohol abuse "but they are entitled to the presumption of innocence as they face these charges". They were scheduled for initial appearances in Centre County court later Friday afternoon.

No pleas were entered and bail was set at $100,000 ROR (release on your own recognizance), the district attorney said. We reached out to Beta Theta Pi for comment and will update upon getting a response.

Barron spoke about the devastation Piazza's family has experienced and the significant problems of overconsumption of alcohol and hazing at Penn State fraternities and across the nation.

Police had said hazing and excessive drinking at the private chapter house February 2 contributed to the death of Piazza, who was an engineering student.

Piazza's blood alcohol content was determined to be between.26 and.36 percent at one point during the night by a forensic pathologist.

None of the brothers called for medical help for 12 hours after Piazza first fell - and attempted to cover up their role in his death by deleting their online exchanges, prosecutors said.

Piazza tumbled down a long flight of stairs that night and fell several other times, injuring his head, Miller said. Some members tried to dress him, cleaned blood from his face and discussed destroying evidence, including the surveillance footage, according to the report.

Davis claims he raised red flags, but the other guys just thought it was a joke. The brothers searched "falling asleep after a head injury" and "cold extremities in drunk person", according to a search of their cellphones by detectives. He died February 4 as a result of a traumatic brain injury.

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But one frat member told the grand jury that a slush fund was created to purchase alcohol, with members kicking in $250 so they could drink alcohol at fraternity social events.

Miller said video footage turned over to investigators was critical to the investigation, providing evidence of what occurred and contradicting stories some witnesses had told. Young directed members to delete messages, the grand jury wrote.

The other 10 defendants, including 20-year-old Edward J. Gilmartin III, of 1737 N. Washington Ave., are not charged with manslaughter.

It was too late even after they chose to get him help, Parks Miller said.

"The former undergraduate members were well educated by the International Fraternity and Penn State on these policies; however, they are entitled to the presumption of innocence as they face these charges".

Penn State permanently banned the fraternity on March 30, accusing it of a "persistent pattern" of excessive drinking, drug use and hazing.

Since Piazza's death, Pennsylvania Gov. Eric Barron and the university have imposed stern limits on alcohol at any fraternity or sorority event.

"The alleged details in the grand jury presentment, which suggest the inhumane treatment of a student forced through hazing to consume risky amounts of alcohol and endure hours of suffering, are sickening and hard to understand", he added. Eight face involuntary manslaughter charges. He was a pledge at the fraternity.

"The best way to shift culture is for students, alumni, and the university to work together", the statement read. Empathy and compassion are vital to who we are as Penn Staters, citizens and members of society. Bream was employed by the fraternity as an adviser. Bream was not visible on the videotape, she said. A game played at the party was "run the gauntlet" wherein pledges would have to run from station to station. This was for a fraternity that on paper declared itself "dry" and prohibited drinking on its premises.

Heimer was charged with hazing, reckless endangerment and furnishing alcohol to minors. The fraternity in question has been shut down by the university. Prosecutors charged 22 fraternity members, including five Pi Kappa Alpha leaders who pleaded guilty to reckless conduct and were sentenced to various terms of probation and community service.

The fraternity organization was charged with involuntary manslaughter.

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