BELLEFONTE - A central Pennsylvania judge must decide whether a fraternity accused of providing alcohol to a freshman should be held responsible for the student's death last fall.
Alpha Tau Omega is on trial in the death of 18-year-old Penn State student Joseph Dado, whose body was found in September at the bottom of a stairwell. The fraternity said it should not be held responsible for acts of individual members.
Judge Thomas King Kistler heard testimony Tuesday in the nonjury trial in Centre County and told attorneys to submit their arguments in writing within three weeks.
Fraternity attorney Kathleen Yurchak said the party was not sanctioned by the fraternity. But prosecutor Nathan Boob said the beer was purchased with fraternity money, and members were checking that those entering were potential rush recruits but were not checking their IDs.