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Cop at frat brothers' hearing: Pledge 'looked like a corpse'

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 12, 2017 11:45 AM
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This Oct. 31, 2014, photo provided by Patrick Carns shows Timothy Piazza, center, with his parents Evelyn Piazza, left, and James Piazza, right, during Hunterdon Central Regional High School football's "Senior Night" at the high school's stadium in Flemington, N.J. Prosecutors in Pennsylvania are set to announce, Friday, May 5, 2017, the results of a grand jury investigation into the death of the Penn State student, Timothy Piazza, who fell down steps Feb. 4, during an alcohol-fueled pledge ceremony. (Patrick Carns via AP)

(Bellefonte) -- A detective testifying at a hearing for 18 Penn State fraternity brothers accused in the death of a 19-year-old pledge says the student looked like a corpse in surveillance video from the frat house.

State College Police Detective David Scicchitano says sophomore Tim Piazza "looked dead, he looked like a corpse" in footage showing frat brothers carrying him upstairs the morning after a pledge event.

A judge at the hearing Monday will determine if enough evidence exists for the case to proceed.

Video shot inside the Beta Theta Pi house is being shown from the night the pledge, from Lebanon, New Jersey, was fatally injured in a series of falls.

The defendants face various charges, with some accused of involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault.

An earlier story is below:

A preliminary hearing is underway in the case of 18 Penn State fraternity brothers accused in the death of a 19-year-old pledge earlier this year.

The proceeding Monday morning at a courthouse near campus will determine if there's enough evidence to send the case to county court for trial.

Authorities say they'll show security video footage shot inside the Beta Theta Pi house the night sophomore Tim Piazza was fatally injured in a series of falls.

The defendants face a variety of charges, with some accused of involuntary manslaughter and felony aggravated assault. The fraternity chapter is also a defendant.

Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, suffered head trauma and had a high level of alcohol in his system.

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