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Sorority bystanders at Piazza’s death–their role is questioned by Luke Visser lawyer.

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BELLEFONTE — While 18 former Beta Theta Pi fraternity members face charges for their alleged roles in the death of Timothy Piazza, at least one defense lawyer is raising a different question: “Where are Trilogy girls in this courtroom?”

Video footage from the night of Piazza’s bid acceptance show that members of Trilogy — a female organization, which lead detective David Scicchitano described as a “defunct sorority” — were also present when the late Penn State sophomore suffered a fatal fall.

Ted Simon, attorney for Luke Visser, asked Scicchitano if he was aware of any of the Trilogy members bringing alcohol to the fraternity house that night — alcohol that Piazza may have consumed during the social.

Visser, a freshman, is facing eight charges including involuntary manslaughter. According to court documents, Visser worked a drinking station in the “gauntlet” hazing ritual where Piazza consumed alcohol on Feb. 2.

Scicchitano said there was no evidence indicating that the females brought any alcohol to the residence.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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