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Tim Bream on this Wednesday. Will he talk to court?

Will trainer/adviser testify during resumed Piazza hearing?


BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The head football trainer at Pennsylvania State University could take the witness stand Wednesday morning as the preliminary hearing resumes for Pennsylvania State University fraternity members charged when a sophomore pledge died after a night of alleged hazing.

The trainer, Tim Bream, wasn’t charged in the death of Tim Piazza but was a live-in adviser to the fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. Questions about his presence at the now-closed house before Piazza’s death in February have continued to swirl, and attorneys for some of the defendants have pushed to have him testify.

A hearing to compel the testimony of Bream, 56, a 1983 Penn State graduate and a Beta Theta Pi alumnus, is scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. before Judge Allen Sinclair. The Bream testimony could be the last evidence presented at a hearing that began in June and has been extended three times. Sinclair has set aside Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday for the matter and could rule if the defendants should go to trial.

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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