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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 6:47 PM
Updated: Mar 28, 2018 6:47 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.

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