The lawyer for Brendan Young, the former president at Beta Theta Pi at Penn State, claims that his client was unaware that Timothy Piazza was in danger the night of his death.
Frank Fina, Young’s defense attorney said during a preliminary hearing that there was no evidence that former Beta Theta Pi president Brendan Young acted maliciously the night 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, was fatally injured.
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“He wasn’t there through the whole night. He did not observe any injuries to Mr. Piazza. He did not observe anything that would lead him to believe that he was at substantial risk,” Fina told a district judge who will have to decide whether to send the case against Young and 15 others to trial.
Fina said Young’s entire exposure to Piazza’s drinking lasted only 12 seconds, and there are unanswered questions about how much Piazza drank and how he obtained it.
‘We can’t say at what point his tragic injuries were fatal that night,’ Fina argued. ‘And we can’t identify all of the intervening events and the unknowns that contributed or even caused some of Mr. Piazza’s injuries.’
However, Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller argued that Young was “in charge of the fraternity” and that he sent texts afterward indicating he was responsible.
Piazza, 19, passed away on February 4, 2017, after suffering major internal injuries from a fall during pledge night activities at the Beta Theta Pi house at Penn State.
Piazza was a 2015 graduate of Hunterdon Central Regional High School in Readington Township who died after suffering a fall at the Beta Theta Pi house. Emergency services were not contacted until nearly 12 hours after the student fell down the steps at the fraternity house. Piazza was flown to the Hershey Medical Center, where he was later pronounced dead.