Shapiro outlines legal strategy in Penn State hazing death case

AG hopes to reinstate previously dismissed charges against frat brothers.

Tony Romeo
May 01, 2018 - 12:53 pm
Attorney General Josh Shapiro stands with Timothy Piazza's parents

Tony Romeo-KYW Newsradio


Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro says he’ll pursue a new legal theory in an effort to prosecute Penn State frat members involved in a fatal hazing incident last year. 

Shapiro is seeking to reinstate certain charges -- including involuntary manslaughter -- against five former fraternity members in the hazing death of Timothy Piazza. The charges were previously dismissed by a district judge. 

After a thorough review of the case, Shapiro said charges were initially pursued with an emphasis on the use of alcohol. 

“While this is obviously a crucial element of the prosecution," Shapiro said, "our legal theory for the more serious charges also takes into account additional, significant events.”

Shapiro says his case will focus on the defendants who planned and participated in a drinking obstacle course, and those who knew that Piazza had fallen down and did not seek medical help. Shapiro vows to use any legal tool available to seek reinstatement of charges.