Attorney General Taking over Fraternity Case
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The Attorney General's Office has confirmed they will take over the prosecution in the Beta Theta Pi case involving the death of Timothy Piazza, according to spokesman Joe Grace. Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna requested the Attorney General's Office take over the case, citing a conflict of interest. Shapiro said his office reviewed the request has accepted the case and will conduct an independent review. "The Piazza family has full confidence in the Attorney General's Office and looks forward to the continued prosecution of those who are responsible for the death of their son, Tim." Piazza died in February of 2017, and a grand jury investigation said he died from excessive drinking and hazing. Former Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller charged a total of 30 fraternity members in Piazza's death. She initially charged 18 members in May and 12 more in November following the release of surveillance footage from fraternity house's basement. A judge threw out all felony charges in the case in September, but Parks Miller refiled felony charges. The next court date in the matter has not yet been announced.