Frat adviser faces hearing in Penn State pledge death case


A State College police detective said one of the 18 Beta Theta Pi fraternity members facing charges regarding Penn State student Timothy Piazza's death deleted video from the frat house's basement camera.

Defense attorneys continue to reference surveillance tapes, and they say not having all the tapes puts each of their clients at a disadvantage.

A licensed private investigator, Jeffery Johnson, testified on the fifth day of the hearing.

Bream has not been charged in the case, but defense attorney Leonard Ambrose said it was evident that Bream knew about and approved of the events in the fraternity and directed two members to delete group messages. "Until then, this case is not about Mr. Bream".

Defense attorneys questioned the role Tim Bream, head athletic trainer and assistant athletic director of Penn State's Nittany Lions, played the night a pledge was fatally injured after an alcohol-fueled hazing, according to pennlive.

The fraternity itself also faces criminal charges, including voluntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Because Bream did not show up in court, there will be a contempt hearing for him later this month.

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Witnesses told a grand jury that Bream attended a bid acceptance ceremony before any drinking began, and spent the rest of the night in his room.

Penn State University, in a statement, said it could not comment on Bream, pennlive reported.

"Bream was in the middle of everything Bream was the one who was being paid by the fraternity to essentially be in charge of everything in that house", said Tom Kline.

"This is the highest-ranking person in the house", Ambrose said, questioning how Bream could plead ignorance about alcohol consumption at the fraternity during several other social events.

Scicchitano testified that it was discovered by police about a week and a half ago that footage had been deleted.

Parks Miller shot down that claim, stating that the investigation into the deleted footage is a new investigation and would result in new charges. Piazza died two days later of a head injury, a ruptured spleen, and a collapsed lung.