The Latest: Detective grilled in Penn St. hazing death case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on the court hearing in the death of a Penn State fraternity pledge following an alcohol hazing ritual (all times local):

5:15 p.m.

Lawyers for members of a Penn State fraternity accused of crimes related to the death of a pledge are continuing to chip away at the allegations during questioning of the lead detective.

The fourth day of a preliminary hearing on Thursday included additional security camera footage of 19-year-old Tim Piazza stumbling and unsteady after a night of drinking that followed a pledge bid acceptance ceremony.

Defense attorneys are focusing on the evidence that involves their respective clients, particularly the camera footage that’s at the heart of the prosecution’s case.

Piazza was a sophomore engineering student from Lebanon, New Jersey, when he was fatally injured during a series of falls at the since-closed Beta Theta Pi house.

Lawyers for 12 of 19 defendants have already cross-examined the detective. The hearing continues Friday.

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Video shot inside a Penn State fraternity house shows a pledge stumbling and unsteady about three hours before he was found unconscious in the basement.

Prosecutors played the four-minute excerpt Thursday during a preliminary hearing for 16 young men accused of various crimes related to the February death of sophomore Tim Piazza.

Prosecutors had previously shown other excerpts from security video, but the additional segment was played to show more evidence of Piazza’s medical condition.

The 19-year-old from Lebanon, New Jersey, died the next day at a hospital. He suffered severe head and abdominal injuries and had consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol.

There’s no video from the basement, and the lead detective says he now suspects it was purposely erased and charges may result.

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9:30 a.m.

A hearing has resumed for members of a Penn State fraternity accused of crimes related to the February death of a sophomore engineering student after a pledge acceptance event.

The hearing for 16 young men who belonged to the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity resumed Thursday and was expected to continue into Friday. Three days of testimony have already been heard.

Some defendants and the fraternity itself are charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault in the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey. Others face less serious charges that include evidence tampering, hazing and alcohol offenses.

Authorities say Piazza consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell repeatedly.

His friends didn’t summon help until about 40 minutes after he was discovered unconscious in the basement the next morning.

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12:20 a.m.

The fourth day of a preliminary hearing is about to get underway for members of a Penn State fraternity accused of crimes related to the February death of a sophomore engineering student after a pledge acceptance event.

The hearing for 16 young men who belonged to Beta Theta Pi is expected to continue all day Thursday and into Friday.

Some defendants and the fraternity itself are charged with involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault for the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Others face less serious charges that include evidence tampering, hazing, and alcohol offenses.

Authorities say Piazza consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol and fell repeatedly.

His friends didn’t summon help until about 40 minutes after he was discovered unconscious in the basement the next morning.

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Detective Gets Probation After Years of ‘Abysmal’ and ‘Serious and Gross Misconduct






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OREGON CITY, Ore. – Former Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office detective Jeffrey Green took a plea deal Thursday over five years of what’s being called “abysmal, serious and gross” misconduct.

Green’s supervisors noted his “poor performance” of not following up on cases or sending evidence to the state crime lab in February 2015. He was ordered to complete reports for work that was already done and suspended from new investigations the next month.

He retired in April 2015, and another detective was later assigned to audit all of Green’s cases. By February 2016, that detective found 40 cases that needed additional work and followups that had allegedly been missed by Green.

When Green’s former superiors looked over those audits, they realized his practices may rise to the level of official misconduct. A third-party consultant told Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office that all supervisors should perform random audits of detectives’ cases.

Green was charged with five counts of official misconduct. In court Thursday, he took a plea deal and was sentenced to a year in probation. He was also ordered to pay a fine, and was forced to give up his certification so he’ll never be able to serve in law enforcement again.

The District Attorney’s Office says Green couldn’t get a stiffer penalty because there’s no crime on the books in Oregon for detectives not properly doing their jobs.

Jaime Smith said he was wrongfully investigated by Green for insurance fraud, and said he’s upset about the punishment Green got.

“With stuff like child abuse he says, ‘Oh I don’t want to look in to it, it’s too hard.’ They’re held to that higher standard, he’s a detective because he’s held to that higher standard, right? To just pick and choose and go through and act inappropriately the way he does I just don’t think it’s right,” Smith said.

Green refused to comment on the case. His wife told KATU News all the accusations are false.

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