Beta Theta Pi brothers waive arraignment

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The Beta Theta Pi brothers charged in connection to the hazing death of Timothy Piazza were scheduled to be back in court Wednesday.

All 14 brothers of Beta Theta Pi waived their arraignment, they are charged with misdemeanors including hazing, furnishing alcohol to minors, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

The Alpha Upsilon Chapter appeared in court Wednesday.

A lawyer for the Alpha Upsilon chapter of Beta Theta Pi appeared in court Wednesday. That parent organization is charged with 50 counts of hazing and a total of 96 counts of alcohol related charges in connection with the death of Timothy Piazza.

A motion has also been filed to remove the attorney for the Alpha Upsilon chapter.

After a series of preliminary hearings last month, all of the felony charges were dismissed against the brothers and the chapter.

Those felony charges included involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault. Simple assault charges were also dismissed. Charges that did stick were reckless endangerment and hazing.

District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller previously said she plans to refile the involuntary manslaughter charges when the FBI is done with their investigation into allegations of deleted surveillance video from the basement.

A pre-trial conference has been set for the Alpha Upsilon chapter in November and jury selection will begin in December.

Pre-trial conferences have yet to be scheduled for the brothers.

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