Penn State Hazing Death

Penn State Frat House

Authorities based the new charges on the Beta Theta Pi basement surveillance footage deleted by a fraternity member following the 19-year-old's death.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said the new charges came after they recovered deleted security camera footage taken inside a Penn State fraternity house.

Twelve more Beta Theta Pi members have been charged, including five facing manslaughter charges.

Prosecutors brought charges against 12 new defendants and additional charges against five previously named defendants in the case after the Federal Bureau of Investigation was able to recover deleted surveillance video from the frat house basement on the night in question. What happened next is described in horrific detail in a grand jury report citing evidence including surveillance video, witness testimony and phone records. Brothers furnished beer to pledges at a beer pong gauntlet station and immediately handed them beers to perform another shotgun together as a pledge class. Investigators say the video shows Piazza does not obtain his own alcohol at any point.

The 19-year-old died February 4 of his injuries.

The new defendants face charges that include involuntary manslaughter, assault, hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors, all related to additional alcohol hazing that prosecutors say was caught on cameras in the basement of the fraternity house in the Pennsylvania town of State College.

He was discovered in the Beta Theta Pi basement the next morning unconscious and with severe head and abdominal injuries. The 12th person, who is accused of deleting the video, was charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing administration of law and hindering apprehension.

William J. Brennan, an attorney for one of the defendants, Joseph Ems, who was charged with hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors and unlawful acts relative to liquor, said, "I spent the summer successfully defending my client against charges that should never have been brought in the first place". And we don't know what happened in the basement.

"The videotape is frightful and it is gruesome", Tom Kline, an attorney for the Piazza family, told CBS News in June of the initial footage.

The upstairs footage remained, revealing part of the hazing ritual, followed by several hours of Piazza stumbling and repeatedly falling.

In late October, Parks Miller refiled the dismissed felony charges against Brendan Young, Luke Visser, Gary DiBileo and Michael Bonatucci. By the morning of February 3, he was breathing heavily, with blood on his face.

He died a day later of traumatic brain injuries. "Have friends with you and make a pact and walk away".

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