Investigators for the defense said they had tried to serve a subpoena to Bream over a period of months but were unsuccessful and eventually served the order to appear in court through counsel for Penn State. During a fraternity acceptance party on February 2, 2016, 19-year-old Tim Piazza became drunk and fell during an alcohol-fueled initiation ritual known as "the Gauntlet". During a night of excessive drinking, he fell head first down basement steps at around 11 p.m., but first responders were not called until nearly 12 hours later, police said.
Penn State shut down Beta Theta Pi following Timothy Piazza's death.
Because Bream was in charge, defense teams hope his actions that night could help poke holes in the prosecution's case and reduce some of the more serious charges against their clients. Two other defendants have waived the hearing.
The fraternity itself also faces criminal charges, including involuntary manslaughter and aggravated assault.
The events, captured on a security camera, show other students beating and taunting him. Detectives said those members failed to give him any meaningful assistance.
Penn State officials said Timothy Bream's role at Beta Theta Pi was a personal living arrangement and not an official university duty. It's unclear what that footage would have shown.
He said Friday that investigators only learned about the deleted footage a week and a half ago.
Centre County DA Stacy Parks Miller said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is working to recover the footage and she expects a forensic report. He has not been charged in Piazza's death, but defense attorneys and Piazza's family have questioned the role he played.
Ambrose said he was "not really concerned because I suspect it will just show young people having a party".
This story will be updated as the preliminary hearings continue throughout the day Friday. A judge must ultimately decide whether there is enough evidence to hold a trial against some or all of the fraternity members. "As we have stated, the university is investigating all aspects of what occurred at the Beta Theta Pi house", according to the statement. Heimer is accused of purchasing the alcohol used in the hazing.
Ezra Kaplan reported from Bellefonte, Pa., and Erik Ortiz reported from NY.