A judge dropped involuntary manslaughter charges tied to the hazing-related death of student Timothy Piazza at a Penn State fraternity. The 19-year-old died last year from head injuries after a night of heavy drinking at a pledge event at Beta Theta Pi.
This was the second time a judge decided to throw out the involuntary manslaughter charges, so the Piazza family wasn’t shocked. We visited parents Jim and Evelyn Piazza Wednesday night hours after the judge dismissed the most severe charges in their son’s case.
“I guess the judge just didn’t see it that way. Didn’t want to change his mind,” Evelyn told CBS News correspondent Vladimir Duthiers.
Former Beta Theta Pi fraternity member Daniel Casey is among those to have the charge dropped. In a statement to CBS News, Casey’s attorney called the involuntary manslaughter filings a “mistake.”
“Do you think… it was an over reach to go for some of these charges?” Duthiers asked.
“I don’t,” Evelyn said. “No.”
“I don’t either,” Jim said.
Casey and his former fraternity brother, Brendan Young, are still charged with “conspiracy to commit hazing.” Twenty-four others face charges, all of which include jail time.