9 revelations from hearing on teen’s death at Penn State frat

By Craig Turpin | for NJ Advance Media

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Testimony from a detective and footage from surveillance video were the focus of a preliminary hearing held for 16 of the 18 Penn State fraternity brothers accused in the death of a 19-year-old pledge from New Jersey. Two waived their right to a preliminary hearing.

Monday’s hearing was held to determine if there’s enough evidence to go to trial. It ended shortly before 7 p.m. with the judge ordering a continuance to be scheduled at a later date.

Much of hearing centered on the actions of fraternity members in the over 12 hours between when Timothy Piazza fell face-first down a set of basement stairs and when 9-1-1 was called.

While many of the details were previously released in a lengthy grand jury report, this was the first time State College Police Det. David Scicchitano has spoken in an open courtroom about Piazza’s death and that video surveillance has been seen in public. Information from the courtroom by the Associated Press and PennLive, a sister site to

NJ.com, was used in this report

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