Video shows Penn State frat pledge in agony after fall

The fraternity brothers' actions, and inaction, were detailed in grand jury investigation findings released by the Centre County, Pennsylvania, district attorney last month.

Ryan McCann, arrives for his preliminary hearing on charges related to the hazing death of Timothy Piazza at Penn State's Beta Theta Pi fraternity at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017. "So they can not say, 'It's the first time we did this".

Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller also introduced scores of text messages from previous years' hazings.

Tim's parents, Jim and Evelyn, sat in the front row of the courthouse nearly directly across the former members who were being charged in relation to their son's death. Eight were charged with involuntary manslaughter, as was the fraternity chapter, and other charges included hazing, aggravated and simple assault, alcohol-related violations and evidence tampering.

Lead investigator Detective David Scicchitano took the stand to speak on the nature of the photos.

Scicchitano confirmed that at no point during this time did any of the fraternity members attempt to render aid or call 911.

Piazza died at a hospital February 4 from traumatic brain injury and had suffered severe abdominal bleeding as well as a skull fracture and other injuries. "He looked like a corpse". When the video started, he and his wife Evelyn left the courtroom. They failed to get help for him for many hours, authorities said. Parks Miller said the full video would be made available during pretrial discovery. After watching the footage, some of the defendants laughed during breaks in the proceedings. They let him suffer for 12 hours.

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.

Still, it would take almost 40 minutes for Beta Theta Pi brothers to call 911 after finding 19-year-old Timothy Piazza unconscious.

The hearing is expected to include, for the first time, an airing of portions of the gruesome surveillance video from the party where fraternity members allegedly helped Piazza become dangerously drunk then left him to die after he fell down the stairs.

And alcohol was involved.

Others suggested voluntary drinking by Piazza contributed to his blood-alcohol content reaching between.28 and.36 percent by the time he fell the first time, PennLive reported. The legal limit for driving under the influence.08 percent. By the time help was called the next day, a police official said he had the look of a "corpse". Shortly after 7 a.m., he apparently fell down the basement stairs again. The students later carried Piazza, who'd "lost all color", back upstairs. He also was seen falling and hitting his head on the stone floor, and grabbing his head and midsection in apparent agony. "Not the young man that was flailing around as we saw it on the video", says Tom Kline, the Piazza family attorney. Jim Piazza held his head in his hands and sobbed as prosecutors showed pictures of his son in the hospital. Doctors told the detective that Piazza was likely in extreme pain. An autopsy listed head and spleen injuries as the cause of death.

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