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PSU frat brothers go before judge today

PSU frat brothers go before judge today

The frat brothers attempted to stabilize Piazza and keep him from potentially choking on his own vomit by fitting him with a backpack, the detective added, according to PennLive.

By the time Penn State fraternity members called police, a pledge who had been drinking for hours and fell down the stairs had the look of a "corpse", a police official testified Monday.

The detective said, according to the video, no one gave CPR, and there was a lot of talking and anxious looks before someone finally called 911.

The Centre County Courthouse fell quiet as a projection screen showed pictures of Timothy Piazza lying unconscious in a hospital bed before he died.

The lighthearted behavior continued after the hearing as the defendants and their families gathered, the Piazzas' lawyer, Tom Kline said. Kline said they could not watch the surveillance video, saying it was "just too painful and too difficult" for them to see.

Jonah Neuman, center, arrives for his preliminary hearing on charges related to the hazing death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. Two waived their right to a preliminary hearing. Eight were charged with involuntary manslaughter, as was the fraternity chapter, and other charges included hazing, aggravated and simple assault, alcohol-related violations and evidence tampering.

Hours after the fall, Piazza "looked like a corpse" and had "lost all color", a detective testified Monday.

Surveillance video recorded inside the fraternity house the night Piazza was fatally injured is expected to be played in open court Monday.

The grand jury report said that rush chairman Ems, 20, was seen by a witness near a station where pledges were directed to guzzle beer, and was one of four people to strap onto Piazza a backpack loaded with books to prevent him from rolling over.

The camera caught him trying several times to struggle to his feet, falling over into the fetal position and eventually getting up and then stumbling head-first into a wall or door.

Around 5 a.m., the cameras captured Piazza falling head-first into an iron railing.

Piazza consumed what prosecutors said was a life-threatening amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual at the house in State College.

In original testimony heard in May, it emerged that despite Piazza's clearly deteriorated condition, fraternity brothers did not call 911 until 12 hours after he originally fell down a flight of stairs. At about 10 a.m., fraternity members found the 19-year-old in the basement lying on his back, breathing heavily and with blood on his face.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller and the defense lawyers began to simultaneously speak at the judge regarding his decision.

State College Detective Dave Scicchitano said evidence suggested that Piazza was entered into a drinking "gauntlet" at the Beta Theta Pi at 9:52 p.m.at the February 2 pledge party.

Piazza's father, Jim, rocked back and forth quietly in the courtroom according to the AP. Piazza's parents, who were in attendance at the hearing, stepped out of the courtroom prior to the start of the video.


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