Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller held a press conference Monday afternoon at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte to announce new charges against 12 new defendants and five previous defendants in the case surrounding Penn State student Tim Piazza’s death.
All 17 individuals charged Monday are former brothers of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity; there are now 26 former brothers facing charges in the case.
“As more information is released, our deepest sympathies continue to lie with the Piazza family,” the statement from the Interfraternity Council’s executive board reads. “This information is a clear reminder that safety must remain our top priority, and to create change, there must be a buy in from the entire community — students, organizations, alumni, parents, and the university. We remain committed towards creating a culture change to instill a safer community.”
Ten of 49 fraternities under the IFC umbrella are currently suspended, including Beta Theta Pi, which is permanently banned from Penn State. Through it all, the Interfraternity Council has been generally supportive of the university’s decisions, focusing on the need for change to sustain the Greek community.