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Piazza
6/8/2018
 
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For a fourth time, a judge has dismissed charges filed against eight defendants in the Beta Theta Pi case. In an order dated June 7, Magistrate Judge Allen Sinclair would not allow prosecutors refile the most serious charges, including involuntary manslaughter. "This court finds no new information in the Affidavit of Probable Cause to permit the refiling of charges against said defendants," reads the order. Centre County President Judge Pamela Ruest denied the request May 30 after the Attorney General's Office refiled the charges. Sinclair also threw out the charges in March and September of last year. "Knowing the two prior rulings by Judge Sinclair, there is no surprise in his ruling today. The sustainability of charges of involuntary manslaughter and conspiracy against various individuals, which is at issue here will undoubtedly be decided by appellate courts of our Commonwealth," said Piazza family attorney Tom Kline. Timothy Piazza died in February 2017 after an alcohol fueled hazing event at the Beta Theta Pi House police said. More than two dozen former fraternity members are facing charges in Piazza's death, with the trial for the first set of members to begin in August.
  
 
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