11 More Fraternity Brothers Headed To Trial Over Timothy Piazza's Death

A court ruling from Centre County, Pennsylvania, Judge Steven Lachman will send eleven more Penn State fraternity members to trial over the death of Timothy Piazza. The ruling, which happened on Monday, May 7, comes after 12 defendants had preliminary hearings over three days that concluded on Friday, May 4.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said that “the Office of Attorney General is committed to seeking justice for Timothy Piazza and his family and holding responsible individuals accountable for their actions, consistent with the law and the evidence in this case.”
In late March, District Judge Allen Sinclair threw out involuntary manslaughter charges and some of the other most serious remaining charges against 11 fraternity members.
Piazza, 19, was a 2015 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Readington Township. He was a pledge of the fraternity’s Alpha Upsilon Chapter. Piazza was studying engineering while attending the university.
He also played football and track when he was in high school. He was a member of the homecoming court in 2014, and also served as a Red Devil ambassador at Hunterdon Center and on the school’s Teen Prevention Education Program. He did volunteer work to help teach children with special needs how to play sports such as football, basketball, and baseball.
Piazza’s death spurred a cascade of changes in the Penn State greek life community. On March 30, Penn State levied hard sanctions against greek life focused on hazing. These changes altered the rules for how fraternities and sororities can recruit members and host social events with alcohol. Beta Theta Pi was also permanently banned from Penn State.

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