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Beta Theta Pi frat members’ preliminary hearing continued until July

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller addresses the media after the preliminary hearing for members of Beta Theta Pi charged in the death of Timothy Piazza at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte on Monday. The preliminary hearing has been continued until July 10 and 11.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller addresses the media after the preliminary hearing for members of Beta Theta Pi charged in the death of Timothy Piazza at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte on Monday. The preliminary hearing has been continued until July 10 and 11. adrey@centredaily.com

A preliminary hearing involving the Beta Theta Pi fraternity members charged in relation to the death of pledge Timothy Piazza was continued Monday after almost 11 hours of testimony.

Braxton Becker, Michael Bonatucci, Daniel Casey, Gary Dibileo, Joseph Ems Jr., Ryan Foster, Edward Gilmartin III, Craig Heimer, Lars Kenyon, Nicholas Kubera, Ryan McCann, Jonah Neuman, Lucas Rockwell, Joseph Sala, Michael Schiavone, Luke Visser, Parker Yochim, Brendan Young and the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta face charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to tampering with evidence, following a lengthy investigation into Piazza’s death and recommendations by a Centre County grand jury.

Piazza, 19, was pronounced dead Feb. 4 at Hershey Medical Center after several reported falls at the Beta fraternity house the evening of Feb. 2 and the morning of Feb. 3. He had taken part in a fraternity bid acceptance celebration, during which he had reportedly been made to drink large quantities of alcohol.

The preliminary hearings have been continued until July 10 and 11, according to court documents. The hearing will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be held in Courtroom 1 of the Centre County Courthouse.

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