Charges are refiled in the death of a Penn State fraternity pledge member.
Eight members of Beta Theta Pi again face charges, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Among them, Joseph Sala of Erie. A charge of recklessly endangering another person was refiled against Parker Yochim of Waterford. The Centre County District Attorney announced the refiling today. The charges stem from the death of Timothy Piazza following a party at the fraternity house in February.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said, “Today we refiled the previously dismissed charges for Tim Piazza’s unnecessary death. These refiled charges are accompanied by a Motion to have a new Magistrate appointed for a new preliminary hearing. We plan to join these refiled charges with the first set so they can move through the system together as originally intended. Continuing investigation is occurring around other outstanding matters and additional new charges may be forthcoming.”
Many of these charges were dismissed after a preliminary hearing. The DA is also planning to ask for a new judge. Court documents cited 55 reasons to appoint a different judge to the case. They also stated, “When charges are dismissed at a preliminary hearing, the attorney for the Commonwealth may reinstitute the charges by approving, in writing, the re-filing of a complaint with the issuing authority who dismissed the charges.”
No word yet on whether a new judge has been assigned to the case.