Police Say Security Footage Deleted In Penn State Fraternity Pledge Death

Penn State fraternity member charged with student's death deleted video, detective says

A State College police detective said one of the 18 Beta Theta Pi fraternity members facing charges regarding Penn State student Timothy Piazza's death deleted video from the frat house's basement camera.

Defense lawyers asked Sinclair to enforce a subpoena against Bream, saying they have not been able to serve it on him directly despite efforts to find him or reach him through his attorney, university lawyers or the building where he works. But defense attorneys have brought up Bream's name repeatedly during this preliminary hearing. Bream has not been charged in the case.

"This judge deserves to hear from Bream", said Kline.

The revelation came out during questioning of State College Police Detective David Scicchitano, who said he believed he knew the identity of the person who deleted the footage on February 6.

District attorney Stacy Parks Miller says since it's the preliminary hearing, the tapes are not relevant at this time.

Timothy Piazza Family
Timothy Piazza Family

A grand jury investigation revealed that there was surveillance footage from inside the house that showed much of what happened that night and the next morning, including Piazza doubled over "visibly intoxicated" and the fraternity members trying to wake him up.

Whether the basement camera was positioned to capture any activity was unclear, Pennlive.com reported.

The others face additional charges of involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. About an hour later, he had to be helped to a first-floor couch, and he subsequently fell down the steps and had to be carried upstairs.

BELLEFONTE-A basement camera inside the Beta Theta Pi house at Penn State previously had been described as not-functioning, but a police detective testified Thursday that a member of the fraternity had deleted footage from the camera two days after Tim Piazza died. He spent much of the night on the couch in evident agony and somehow ended up back in the basement in the early morning, where he was discovered unconscious by other fraternity members.

Piazza's death "was the direct result of traumatic brain injuries", according to the forensic pathologist on the case.

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