Deleted security camera footage has been recovered in connection to the alleged hazing death of a 19-year-old Penn State student. As The New York Times reported, authorities believe that the video shows the Beta Theta Pi fraternity pledge Timothy Piazza being given at least 18 drinks over the course of 82 minutes at a party this past February.
District attorney Stacy Parks Miller said that the FBI helped restore the video from a basement camera at Beta Theta Pi. A fraternity member is accused of deleting the video as the authorities were searching for it. Miller said the footage allowed investigators to figure out what really happened at that fraternity party.
Authorities said Piazza got drunk and repeatedly fell down the basement stairs during the party. He fractured his skull and shattered his spleen. Authorities assert that he was left unconscious and injured overnight in the house, even though fraternity members knew he required help.
“People have asked us before why someone would delete the video,” Miller said at a news conference. “Now we know. It contained criminal conduct.”
“They claimed, ‘We don’t know what else happened other than what was seen in the upstairs video, and we don’t know what happened in the basement,’” the student's father, James Piazza, said on Monday. “Guess what guys, now we know.”
Ten additional Penn State students have been charged in Timothy's death. In total, at least two dozen people have been charged in the case. Four of the 10 were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Others face lesser charges, including hazing, assault and providing alcohol to a minor.