The Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro has been asked by Centre County District Attorney Bernard Cantorna to take over the case of the 2017 Pennslyvania State University death of Timothy Piazza.
Cantorna based his request on a “conflict” he has regarding the case, which has not been disclosed at this time.
Pennsylvania state prosecutors will review the death of Piazza which stemmed from a night of drinking and hazing at the Penn State Beta Theta Pi fraternity. According to reports, Piazza fell down the basement stairs and suffered multiple head injuries. Detectives had to work with an FBI’s lab in Philadelphia to recover DVR box video footage of the Feb. night.
Penn State’s newspaper quoted an affidavit which said a detective checked the video data page for an angle of the basement and it read, “Clear All Data 2/6/2017 10:09:39.” In the final weeks of 2017, Penn State permanently shut down the frat house.
In a statement published Tuesday, the Attorney General announced an “independent review of the case.”
Currently, 26 former members of the Beta Theta Pi frat face charges in connection with the sophomore engineering major from New Jersey. Michael Angelo Schiavone, 21, of Yardley is facing reckless endangerment and serious hazing charges
Eight of the members could face involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault, among other related charges.
Attorney Tom Kline of Kline and Spector, PC is representing the Piazza family.