There are two mind-blowing parts of the Penn State hazing death grand jury presentment, which has led to charges being brought against 18 Penn State frat members, some for involuntary manslaughter. First, from Philly.com:
At 4, Piazza tried to stand from his position curled up on the fraternity house floor, only to fall face-first into the hardwood floor. An hour later, he staggered into the lobby, stumbled, and hit his head on an iron railing before collapsing once more.
Grand jurors recounted other video footage from just after 5 a.m. showing a prone Piazza, clutching at his sides, as a fraternity member steps twice over his body – once on his way to grab a drink of water and again on his way back to his room. Another allegedly pulled out his phone to film the struggling Piazza before heading back to bed.
Sometime after 7 a.m., Piazza fell down the basement stairs again.
It wasn’t until three hours later that fraternity members Daniel Erickson and Kyle Pecci found the ailing pledge lying on his back with his arms clenched tight at his sides, breathing heavily and bleeding from a gash on his face.
Second, from Onward State:
The clearest evidence of a cover up comes from a deleted text from pledge Daniel Erickson’s phone, where he spreads a story that appears to have been fabricated to hide the fact the brothers waited almost 12 hours to call 911 after Piazza’s initial fall.
“If need be, just tell them what I told you guys, found [Piazza] behind an away bar the next morning around 10 a.m., and he was freezing-cold, but we decided to call 911 instantly, because the kid’s health was paramount,” Erickson wrote, according to the grand jury report.
Despite this, Gilmartin wanted to be sure the pledges kept things under wraps.
“Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and the situation,” he said in a text to Casey, to which Casey responded, “they know.” Casey also said to brother Lars Kenyon, “Find that groupme so there’s no evidence on tims [sic]phone.”
What a genuine piece of shit. At a certain point, being a frat boy caught up in frat boy things turns into being a criminal. That point was long before 4 a.m.