Lawyers Want to Enforce Subpoena on Live-In Frat Advisor in Case of Penn State Pledge’s Death

FILE – In this May 15, 2017, file photo, James Piazza, right, seated with his wife Evelyn, center, and son Michael, left, holds back emotions while discussing the death of his son, Penn State University fraternity pledge Tim Piazza, during an interview in New York. A preliminary hearing is set to resume Thursday, Aug. 10 for members of Penn State University’s now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter, accused in the Feb. 4 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, N.J., after a night of heavy drinking. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, File)

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