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13 November 2017, 10:37 | Erica Roy

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New information in Beta Theta Pi Investigation

The new video evidence was recovered by the Federal Bureau of Investigation from security camera video which was previously deleted from the fraternity house, District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller confirmed Monday.

New charges have been filed against 12 additional Penn State fraternity brothers authorities say are responsible for the hazing death of Hunterdon Central High School graduate Timothy Piazza, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a press conference Monday in Bellefonte, Pa.

Miller said the former fraternity members of Beta Theta Pi deleted the surveillance footage last February after it became known to law enforcement officials.

Prosecutors recovered deleted surveillance video from the night of Timothy Piazza's death that shows the sophomore being given at least 18 drinks in 82 minutes.

Seventeen former Beta Theta Pi members are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, simple assault, hazing, furnishing alcohol and unlawful acts relative to liquor, Parks Miller announced Monday afternoon.

Twelve new brotherhood individuals now confront charges in the examination. It means a total of 26 fraternity members are charged with various offenses stemming from Piazza's death. But prosecutors say a fraternity member erased key footage from a basement camera.

Becker is charged with tampering with evidence, obstructing justice and hindering apprehension.

According to Parks Miller, the basement video clearly shows a continuation of the hazing activity previously captured upstairs during the gauntlet. "Siblings were coming up to him and giving him those beverages", she included. Initial surveillance video showed that Piazza, severely intoxicated, had fallen down the stairs of the house a couple of times. We have spent the past eight months wondering - how can this happen on the campus of Penn State?

After drinking excessively that night, Piazza fell down a flight of stairs, but no one called for help for nearly 12 hours, police said. "The visions of him lying in a hospital bed, battered and bruised, and on life support, looking as if he got hit by a tractor trailer make no sense".

He referenced statements by the defendants, who said they did not know everything that had happened that night.

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