Judge won’t reinstate manslaughter charges in frat death

Pennsylvania
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FILE – In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a bicyclist rides past Pennsylvania State University’s shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in State College, Pa. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday, May 1, 2018, that state prosecutors are dropping involuntary manslaughter and assault charges against five Penn State fraternity brothers related to the […]

A judge is refusing to reinstate involuntary manslaughter charges against five former Penn State fraternity members arrested in a pledge’s hazing-related death last year.

Prosecutors tried appealing a magistrate’s decision to dismiss the most serious charges in the death of 19-year-old sophomore engineering student Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Piazza died of severe head and abdominal injuries after falling several times at the house the night of a bid acceptance ceremony and party.

Centre County President Judge Pamela Ruest ruled Wednesday that the lower court decision could not be appealed. However, she says prosecutors are free to refile the charges.

A spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office says that prosecutors are “committed to seeking justice for Timothy Piazza and his family.”

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