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Video recovered, 10 more charged in Penn State frat death

Video recovered, 10 more charged in Penn State frat death
Centre County, Pa., Dist. Atty. Stacy Parks Miller, at left in this May photo, announced Monday that more charges have been filed after investigators recovered deleted surveillance video recorded before the death of Tim Piazza, seen in photo at right. (Abby Drey / Centre Daily Times via AP)

Investigators are filing new charges after recovering deleted security video recorded in a Penn State fraternity house the night a pledge consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and suffered fatal injuries.

Centre County Dist. Atty. Stacy Parks Miller announced Monday that the new evidence enabled police to determine that 19-year-old Beta Theta Pi pledge Tim Piazza was given at least 18 drinks over less than 90 minutes.

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Piazza, an engineering student from Lebanon, N.J., was found to have suffered a fractured skull, shattered spleen and other injuries.

Piazza fell down a long set of steps that night, and fell several other times, injuring his head, Miller said in May. The next morning he fell down the same steps a second time, and was unconscious when help was finally summoned. Miller said doctors estimate Piazza had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.40 the night of the pledge ceremony.

Piazza died Feb. 4 at Hershey Medical Center.

Miller says the new video is the basis for charges against 10 additional defendants, as well as seven who'd been charged previously.

Miller is also accusing a fraternity member of deleting the video as police were seeking the footage in February.

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