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Was evidence of fall in basement destroyed or suppressed? Detective testimony, PSU Beta Theta Pi

The story link here: The basic allegation is that crucial footage showing the late Tim Piazzas movements after a fall has been wiped by a defendant preent in courtroom–Moderator Hank Nuwer

BELLEFONTE–A basement camera inside the Beta Theta Pi house at Penn State previously had been described as not-functioning, but a police detective testified Thursday that a member of the fraternity had deleted footage from the camera two days after Tim Piazza died.

The revelation came out during questioning of State College Police Detective David Scicchitano, who said he believed he knew the identity of the person who deleted the footage on Feb. 6. All footage of the basement prior to Feb. 6 then vanished, Scicchitano said, before police could collect it. More

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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