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Hearing for Penn State frat members ends for day

BELLEFONTE, Pa. - A hearing for 18 Penn State fraternity brothers accused in the death of a 19-year-old pledge has ended for the day.

The hearing on Monday at a courthouse on campus was continued by the judge with the first witness on the stand.

The Beta Theta Pi members and the fraternity itself face the preliminary hearing that will determine if there's enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Security camera footage of the night Penn State pledge Tim Piazza was fatally injured at a fraternity event was at the center of Monday's hearing.

The footage showed the 19-year-old from Lebanon, New Jersey, being directed to drink and then falling several times.

Help wasn't called until the next morning, and Piazza later died of traumatic brain injuries.

Some defendants face charges of aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter. Others are accused of less serious crimes.


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