BREAKING NEWS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dead at 87 Full Story
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Judge throws out some charges against Penn State frat members in hazing death

A Pennsylvania judge threw out involuntary manslaughter charges Wednesday against five members of the Beta Theta Pi f...

Posted: Mar 28, 2018 4:47 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 4:47 PM

A Pennsylvania judge threw out involuntary manslaughter charges Wednesday against five members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State in the alleged hazing death of a pledge, according to court documents obtained by CNN.

It's the second time Judge Allen Sinclair has rejected involuntary manslaughter charges in the case.

Sophomore Timothy Piazza, 19, died February 4, 2017, after drinking large quantities of alcohol during his first night of pledging at Beta Theta Pi fraternity. The frat was supposed to be alcohol-free.

Surveillance footage played in court shows Piazza falling repeatedly, including down a flight of stairs, following the event that involving heavy drinking.

Some members of the fraternity still face charges, including conspiracy, hazing and alcohol violations.

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article gave the incorrect number of defendants who faced involuntary manslaughter charges. Five former fraternity members faced involuntary manslaughter charges, which have now been dropped.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 30060

Reported Deaths: 521
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah6690129
Marion433689
Washington420858
Umatilla288141
Clackamas219961
Malheur147023
Jackson10073
Lane91314
Deschutes73912
Yamhill72114
Jefferson5038
Polk48915
Morrow4775
Lincoln47013
Linn44913
Union4352
Klamath2672
Benton2476
Hood River2400
Wasco2303
Douglas1953
Josephine1802
Columbia1481
Coos1340
Clatsop1060
Baker892
Crook601
Tillamook470
Lake290
Wallowa281
Curry260
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam70
Unassigned00
Wheeler00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
63° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 63°
Corvallis
Overcast
61° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 61°
Roseburg
Overcast
66° wxIcon
Hi: 67° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 66°
North Bend
Overcast
68° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 68°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events