Lawyers for Penn State fraternity brothers charged in a pledge’s death want a university employee who lived at the frat to be forced to testify at their preliminary hearing.
District Judge Allen Sinclair called an early lunch recess Friday to consider a request for a contempt order to enforce a subpoena against Tim Bream, a live-in adviser at the Beta Theta Pi house.
Defense attorneys want Bream to testify about what he knew about the alcohol-fueled pledge event on Feb. 2 that led to the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.
A retired state trooper says he hasn’t been able to serve Bream with a subpoena, despite contacting university lawyers and authorities at the building where Bream works.
Bream is the school’s head athletic trainer.
Eighteen fraternity brothers face charges in the case.
Source: Associated Press