Centre County Judge Rules For Hiring Forensic Video Analysts In Duplication Of Beta Theta Pi Surveillance Footage
The battle for the surveillance footage from inside the Beta Theta Pi house continued Thursday with Centre County Judge Thomas Kistler ruling that both the fraternity and State College Police hire forensic video analysts to conduct an investigation and present their findings to a court-hired video expert, who will determine the best method to duplicate the videos, according to WATM-ABC 23.
Both sides have 15 days to hire these analysts. The plan following this process is to make 20 copies of the tapes, which will be delivered to the court for use in the upcoming criminal proceedings.
In March, the fraternity originally requested the return of its property, including the video footage, that police confiscated during the investigation.
Two weeks ago, the dispute heated with Beta Theta Pi asking the Centre County Court of Common Pleas to hold Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller in contempt after Parks Miller returned “an external expansion drive containing some limited video footage” with content that they said appeared to be modified.
The footage played a huge role in the grand jury presentment’s findings that led to charges against 18 Beta Theta Pi brothers and the fraternity itself.
“The video tape evidence is a crucial piece of evidence because it literally is the story of this crime,” Parks Miller said on the day the investigation’s findings were released. “It defeats a lot of the stories people told originally, and it is unbelievable to have a crime captured from beginning to end.”