Transcript for Judge to make key ruling in Penn State hazing trial
Also we're awaiting what could be a major development in a story we've been following very closely on this show. The Penn state hazing case involving the horrifying death of this 19-year-old fraternity pledge, a judge could decide in the next few hours if his frat brother also stand trial for involuntary manslaughter and other charges and ABC's Linzie Janis is here with the latest. Good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning. Later this morning a judge will decide if 16 former frat members should go to trial or if some or all of the charges against them should be dropped. Prosecutors say they need to be punished for their alleged roles in the death of timot piazza. But defense lawyers say this was an accident and these young men had no criminal intent. The nurse brought me forward and told me to kiss him good-bye. It was hard. And that's what you think of when you close your eyes. Reporter: This morning Evelyn and Jim piazza are on pins and needles awaiting the verdict of a Pennsylvania judge who says today will be the day he reveals whether or not more than a dozen Penn state frat members will stand trial in connection with the death of their 19-year-old son Timothy. At the close of a preliminary hearing Thursday, the D.A. Telling the judge the frat brothers acted like savages on the night piazza fell head first down a flight of stairs following an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual at the beta theta pi house. No one called the police for 12 hours. We have a friend who's unconscious. He's -- hasn't moved and he's probably going to need an ambulance. Reporter: Prosecutors playing surveillance footage from inside and it shows him visibly drunk falling down the stairs then struggling and in pain for hours and that frat brothers can be seen ignoring him, even hitting him. Then trying to get rid of all the alcohol before police arrive. The video shows them convening and talking amongst themselves. When they finally get around to doing anything for him 40 minutes later they're concerned about themselves. Reporter: Defense attorneys pushing back blame on the school for authorizing alcohol in the first place. We just want to establish the fact that there was an individual there who was an adviser and there was a permit for the consumption of alcohol that was issued by the INT interfraternity council. Reporter: Piazza's parents pray something positive might come out of today's verdict. Tim is not just our son anymore. He represents every son and daughter of every family that has someone that they want sent to college that may want to participate in Greek life. Since the incident Penn state has implemented new Greek life restrictions including stronger enforcement to prohibit underage drinking. During these pretrial hearings it emerged that just a few minutes before Timothy piazza fell down those stairs, university security guards actually showed up at the party and gave it the all clear. Yeah, a lot of disturbing things came out of these hearings. I spent time with Tim's parents. If this decision doesn't go their way I imagine they will be very sad today. Hopefully it will go their way. We'll have to wait and see.
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