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Penn State frat house adviser takes stand in pledge’s death

FILE – In this March 23, 2015, file photo, Penn State athletic trainer Tim Bream, right, talks with quarterback Christian Hackenberg, in blue, as he stretches during an NCAA college spring football practice in State College, Pa. Bream could testify as a preliminary hearing resumes for members of a fraternity facing criminal charges over the death of a pledge. A district judge in Pennsylvania plans Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, to take up a defense request to hold Bream in contempt. (Joe Hermitt/ via AP, File)

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A live-in adviser to a Penn State fraternity whose members are charged in a pledge’s death has taken the stand in the sixth day of their preliminary hearing.

Defense attorneys want to question Tim Bream about what he knew about events leading up to the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

Bream is also the football team’s head athletic trainer. He was in the Beta Theta Pi house the night in February that Piazza consumed a dangerous amount of alcohol during a hazing ritual and fell repeatedly, suffering fatal injuries.

Eighteen frat members face charges ranging from involuntary manslaughter to alcohol violations in his death. Two defendants waived a preliminary hearing.

The fraternity has been shut down by the university.