Transcript for Judge dismisses most serious charges in alleged hazing death of pledge Timothy Piazza
We do want to move on now to new developments in a story that we've been following at "Gma." A judge dismissed the most serious charges in a rank of charges filed against more than a dozen Penn state fraternity members in the death of Timothy piazza and he's completely thrown out the charges against four others. This is really a horrifying case. It's not over yet. ABC's Linzie Janis is in be bellfonte, Pennsylvania, and reaction from one of the students no longer facing charges. Good morning. Reporter: Good morning, Dan and Paula. This is a setback for prosecutors who say they will refile those charges, they say these fraternity brothers must be held accountable for forcing Timothy piazza to drink excessively and failing to help -- failing to call for help until it was too late. This morning, the D.A. Vowing to keep fighting for justice for 19-year-old Timothy piazza, who was killed after an alcohol-fueled hazing ritual. We do plan to refile charges. The manslaughter is being refiled. A no-brainer. Reporter: The judge throwing out manslaughter and aggravated assault charges brought against his frat brothers. Despite prosecutors pointing to surveillance video from inside the beta theta pi house that they say shows a visibly drunk piazza falling head first down a flight of stairs. Struggling and in pain for hours, his fellow frat brothers ignoring him. Waiting 12 hours before calling 911. Then allegedly trying to coordinate a story. The consequences of their conduct of the individuals who acted recklessly are very serious and the piazzas are going to see this thing through. It cannot happen again. Nobody should go through this. Reporter: Of the 18 brothers initially charged, 14 will now stand trial on charges including reckless endangerment and furnishing alcohol to minors. While four others saw charges dropped altogether including Joe emes who said he thought piazza had too much to drink and was sleeping it off. You were there when he was laying unconscious on a sofa. Yes, but I was not really involved in the people taking care of Tim. I wasn't really fully aware of what was going on. This was your friend. Didn't you try to figure out if he was okay? There were other people taking care of him. Joey ems is long gone before this mosques into a young fellow who is young man in distress. He is home sleeping at that point. Reporter: Joe ems said he wishes he would have known how badly he was injured. If he had he would have saved his friend. Many of the defense attorneys who represented these fraternity brothers have said this was a tragic accident and not a crime. Still, with the charges that remain some of them could face as much as one to two years in prison. Dan and Paula. I spent some time with the piazza family. This is an incredibly hard ordeal for them. It is reliving every moment after own over.
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