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Penn State pledge's dad criticizes hearing into son's death

Written by Mark Scolforo, The Associated Press | Jul 12, 2017 11:25 AM
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Photo by AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File

In this May 15, 2017, file photo, James Piazza, right, seated with his wife Evelyn, center, and son Michael, left, holds back emotions while discussing the death of his son, Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, during an interview in New York.

(Bellefonte) -- The father of a Penn State student who died of injuries suffered during a fraternity pledge night is expressing exasperation over the pace of a pre-trial hearing for students charged in connection with his son's death.

Jim Piazza says in a statement released Tuesday he hasn't seen much evidence of remorse from defendants in the courtroom. He's urging the defendants' parents to pressure their sons to "come forward with everything they have that is helpful."

Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, was fatally injured at a February party at a Beta Theta Pi event.

The defendants are accused of charges that include, for some, involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Others face less serious charges.

Their lawyers have been cross-examining the lead detective in the case.

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