The Latest: Hearing underway in Penn State pledge's death

The Latest:  Hearing underway in Penn State pledge's death
FILE- This file photo from Dec. 15, 2017 shows District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller as she holds a news conference regarding a grand jury's report in the wake of a fraternity pledge's drinking death on Friday, at the Courthouse Annex in Bellefonte, Pa. A preliminary hearing set to begin on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the courthouse near campus involves 11 of the 26 young men charged in connection with the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey. (Phoebe Sheehan/Centre Daily Times via AP, FILE)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The Latest on a preliminary hearing for Penn State fraternity members charged in a hazing death (all times local):

9:10 a.m.

A hearing is underway for Penn State fraternity brothers charged in the hazing death of a pledge last year.

The hearing Friday involves 11 of the 26 young men charged in connection with the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

It’s to determine if there is enough evidence to send the cases to trial.

The men waived their right to attend the hearing.

Piazza became severely intoxicated during a pledge acceptance ceremony at the now-shuttered Beta Theta Pi house and suffered fatal injuries during falls, including down a flight of stairs.

Prosecutors are no longer pursing aggravated assault charges, which had been the most serious allegations. But five defendants face involuntary manslaughter charges.

Other allegations include hazing, reckless endangerment, conspiracy and alcohol violations.

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12:15 a.m.

Some members of a now-closed Penn State fraternity facing charges over the death of a pledge last year are due back in court.

A preliminary hearing set to begin on Friday at the courthouse near campus involves 11 of the 26 young men charged in connection with the February 2017 death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

They’re being prosecuted by the state attorney general’s office, which took over the case after a new district attorney took office earlier this year.

State prosecutors are no longer pursing aggravated assault charges, which had been the most serious allegations.

Five of the 11 defendants face involuntary manslaughter charges.

Other allegations include hazing, reckless endangerment, conspiracy and alcohol violations.