The eight Penn State students charged with furnishing alcohol to minors in connection with Penn State cheerleader Paige Raque’s accidental fifth-story fall from an apartment window on Oct. 13, now face a possible trial after waiving their preliminary hearings this week, according to the Centre County Court Administrator’s Office.
Two students, Julie Hannan, 19, and Madeline Miller, 19, waived their hearings early on Tuesday, while the remaining six students waived their right to a preliminary Wednesday.
Tempest Hourston, 21; Megan Markovitz, 21; Adaire Robinson, 21; Alexandra Hipple, 20; Brooke Piccione, 20; and Alyssa Duffy, 19, waived their hearings during a scheduled appearance at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
Hourston, Markovitz, Duffy and Miller were members of the Penn State cheerleading team before being removed from the team prior to charges being filed on Jan. 29, as previously reported. Piccione, a member of the Penn State Lionettes dance team, was also removed from the dance team Jan. 29 for a violation of team rules, as previously reported.
Markovitz, Hourston and Robinson, all over 21, knowingly purchased and supplied alcoholic beverages to minors for a birthday party hosted by Duffy, Hannan, Miller, Piccione and Hipple in October, as previously reported.
Raque was seen consuming alcohol at the party and was dancing on top of a table with other individuals when she fell five stories out of a Calder Commons apartment window, as previously reported.
Raque suffered a brain injury and broken pelvis and is currently recovering from her injuries at her home in Kentucky.
Police have said that Raque will not be charged in relation to the incident.
All six students are scheduled for formal arraignment at 2 p.m. March 27 at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.