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Penn State hazing death case likely to pit brother vs. brother

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The father of Penn State student Timothy Piazza who died during a fraternity hazing ritual at Penn State says he was offended by the actions of several fraternity brothers during a preliminary hearing.

James Piazza told NJ.COM that the brothers acted like the court proceedings were just another fraternity party.

Piazza died after binge drinking in a fraternity hazing ritual at the university's former chapter of Beta Theta

Pi.During Monday's hearing, which was put on hold, a three-hour surveillance video was played that showed Piazza in apparent agony after falling down stairs at the frat house.

"It's likely the court will consolidate the defendants for trial," said defense attorney Gary Asteak.

Asteak is not representing any of the fraternity brothers but said it is unlikely each of the defendants will face individual trials.

"Along the line you can bet they'll be cutting deals. Some kids that will be offered deals...in exchange for their testimony," he said.


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