The sprawling criminal case against former members of a Penn State fraternity over the death of a pledge last year is about to pick up steam with yet another preliminary hearing on the horizon, as well as the first sentencing. Twenty-five members of shuttered Beta Theta Pi face charges related to the February 2017 death of Tim Piazza, who was fatally injured in a series of falls during a night of drinking and hazing after participating in a pledge bid acceptance ceremony. A 26th defendant has pleaded guilty. Centre County’s president judge, Pamela Ruest, last week granted a request by the attorney general’s office to reinstate charges against eight defendants, including involuntary manslaughter counts against five of them.
She scheduled a five-day preliminary hearing starting July 23 to determine if there is enough evidence to send the charges to county court for trial,

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