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Pi Delta Psi on trial for hazing that led to pledge's death

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MONROE COUNTY, Pa. - A New York City college fraternity is on trial in Monroe County.

Investigators say a brutal hazing ritual lead to the death of 18-year-old Michael Deng.

The Pi Delta Psi pledge from Baruch College in Manhattan died in 2013 after investigators said the fraternity rented a house in the Poconos for an initiation weekend and ran Deng and others through a so-called "gauntlet."

On Monday, detectives testified that the fraternity brothers were not forthcoming with information when they were being questioned and several of them blatantly lied to police at the scene about what happened.

The defense said that Pi Delta Psi has a 'no hazing' policy and doesn't condone any acts committed by members. 

If convicted, the fraternity will face fines and may not be allowed to operate in Pennsylvania. According to their website, Pi Delta Psi is an Asian-American cultural fraternity and does operate a chapter at Penn State.


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