Less than an hour into Tuesday morning's hearing the judge called for a five-minute recess after attorneys began bickering.
Judge in PSU hazing prelim calls for 5 minute recess after attorneys argue. Tensions high. 1 defense attorney accuses DA of putting on show— Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) July 11, 2017
One defense attorney accused the district attorney of putting on a show.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller responded by calling defense attorneys "the peanut gallery."
CC DA Stacy Parks Miller just called defense attorneys the peanut gallery. Def att Ted Simon lost it and called for immediate sanctions— Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) July 11, 2017
Outraged, defense attorney Ted Simon called for immediate sanctions against the D.A.
Some defense attorneys calling to have their cases separated. 16+ defense attorneys in one room is waste of time— Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) July 11, 2017
Some defense attorneys are asking that their cases be separated, calling the fact that more than 16 defense attorneys are present at the same time at the same hearing as waste of time.
The cases of sixteen of the defendants, all members of the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi chapter, are being considered. Two others have waived the hearing.
Some of the accused face involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.
Defense attorney in PSU hazing prelim trying 2 separate gauntlet from party afterwards. Trying to learn how much was alcohol consumed @ each— Chad Pradelli (@chadpradelli) July 11, 2017
Others face less serious charges, including evidence tampering and hazing.
Piazza was severely injured at the house in February, a night captured on security video. Help wasn't called until the next morning.
The judge will decide if there's enough evidence to send the case to trial.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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