Sam Ruland | Editor in Chief

The eighteen former members of Beta Theta Pi facing charges for their alleged roles in the death of sophomore Timothy Piazza are set to appear in court come Monday morning. 

The preliminary hearing will work to decide if there is enough evidence for the case to head to trial. 

[The links below highlight The Daily Collegian's coverage of the case]

Charges were announced following a grand jury investigation into the Feb. 4 death of Piazza, who died two days after suffering injuries sustained at the fraternity's pledging event.

Law enforcement uncovered evidence from video surveillance of the night leading up to Piazza's death, according to court documents. The footage documented the time of Piazza's initial fall and the several hours in between that fall and the fraternity calling 9-11.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller has said prosecutors will play the surveillance video at the hearing. 

Between the eighteen former members and the fraternity corporation itself, there are over 1,000 charges in question.

Eight of the former members are facing involuntary manslaughter charges, while the others include: aggravated assault, simple assault, tampering with evidence, recklessly endangering another person, hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors.