Trial starts over video deletion related to frat fall death
FILE PHOTO: This Nov. 9, 2017, file photo shows Penn State University’s shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity house in State College. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
(Bellefonte) — Trial is underway for a former Penn State fraternity brother accused of deleting security camera footage to frustrate a police investigation into the death of a pledge after a night of drinking and hazing two years ago.
The Centre Daily Times says jurors heard Tuesday from prosecutors who claim 22-year-old Braxton Becker erased the recordings because he knew they would be damaging.
Becker faces misdemeanor charges of evidence tampering, obstruction and hindering apprehension for actions after the night 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey, was badly injured in a series of falls.
Becker’s lawyer is raising questions about what investigators saw when they watched Becker retrieve video from a basement closet in the Beta Theta Pi house in February 2017.