The FBI has recovered video that was deleted from a security camera at a Penn State fraternity house where a 19-year-old pledge was fatally injured after a hazing ritual.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller confirmed the recovery of the erased video on Monday as she announced involuntary manslaughter charges against five additional former members of Beta Theta Pi, bringing the total number of people charged in the death of Timothy Piazza to 17.
Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey, died of a fractured skull and other injuries two days after drinking a dangerous amount of alcohol at a pledge ceremony and falling down basement stairs.
Footage retrieved from the frat’s extensive system of security cameras captured many of the events that day. But prosecutors say a fraternity member erased key footage from a basement camera.