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Texts Between Fraternity Brothers Charged In Teen Hazing Death Read Out Loud In Court

By Collin Gossel

On February 2nd, Beta Theta Pi at Penn State University held an alcohol-fueled "bid acceptance night," which led to the death of Timothy Piazza, a 19-year-old sophomore who sustained multiple traumatic injuries after falling down several times at the party. 

The frat is now facing over 850 charges in connection with Piazza's death, but several of the members, including Daniel Casey, a Beta Theta Pi fraternity brother at Penn State University, and Brendan Young Jr., the chapter's president at the time of Piazza's death, are facing more serious charges. 

As part of their preliminary hearing (to determine whether their case will go to trial) text messages from the day of Piazza's death were read out in court. They describe a chilling series of events that pretty thoroughly incriminate the men of Beta Theta Pi.