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Restoring charges considered in Beta Theta Pi case

A Pennsylvania judge is considering whether to allow prosecutors to pursue dismissed aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter charges over the February death of a Penn State fraternity pledge. (WJAC)

BELLEFONTE -- A Pennsylvania judge is considering whether to allow prosecutors to pursue dismissed aggravated assault and involuntary manslaughter charges over the February death of a Penn State fraternity pledge.

Centre County Judge Pamela Ruest didn't indicate Thursday when she'll decide.

Ruest also will determine how she'll respond to sharp criticisms of her contained in a press release issued Thursday by District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller while the hearing was going on.

Parks Miller is out of town and claims Ruest isn't handling the case fairly and wouldn't let her participate in the hearing by phone.

Twenty-six former members of Beta Theta Pi face charges related to the February death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza of Lebanon, New Jersey.

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