The new charges against the Beta Theta Pi brothers - which also include hazing and giving alcohol to minors - follow an Federal Bureau of Investigation a probe into the missing security footage that prosecutors say they allegedly deleted in the men deleted after wake of 19-year-old Tim Piazza's death. death, according to reports.
Prosecutors charged an additional 12 members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on Monday in the death of 19-year-old student Timothy Piazza after examining the recovered surveillance-camera video from the night he died.
Included in the charges were three misdemeanors against Braxton Becker, the fraternity brother she accused of deleting the video February 6 right in front of police officers who had shown up to retrieve it.
"It was manually deleted through certain menus", said Miller of the video. His attorney, Karen Muir, could not immediately be reached for comment. It means a total of 26 fraternity members are charged with various offenses stemming from Timothy's death. Fraternity brothers had previously told police the video system in the basement was not working during the ceremony.
The basement party and Piazza's 18 drinks came after pledges underwent an alcohol chugging obstacle course upstairs known as "the gauntlet".
The Beta Theta Pi house was shut down shortly after Piazza's death and remains empty.
"At the first preliminary hearing, the defense made a lot of suggestions and innuendoes about what if - what if he was serving himself alcohol in the basement?"
"We have spent the last eight months wondering how this could happen", he said.
She declined Monday to detail if the deleted video shows Piazza falling down the steps, but said he does appear inebriated in the video.
Even though fraternity brothers may not have held Piazza down and physically forced the drinks into his mouth, "force" is presumed in a hazing case, Parks Miller said.
The video showed Piazza stumbling around in the dark at several points, then disappearing from view. Brian Gelb Hazing Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 8.
Braxton Becker Tampering with Evidence (1 count) Obstructing Administration of Law (1 count) Hindering Apprehension (1 count) In addition to these newly charged defendants, the following previously charged Beta brothers now face additional criminal charges based on their actions on basement video: 1.
Five of the new defendants are charged with involuntary manslaughter.
Nine members already charged in the case face no new charges. Gary Dibilio Furnishing Alcohol to Minors Unlawful Acts Relative to Liquor 3.