Lawyers want live-in frat adviser to testify in pledge death

FILE – In this May 5, 2017, file photo, Centre County, Pa., District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller, left, announces the findings of an investigation int

FILE – In this May 15, 2017, file photo, James Piazza, right, seated with his wife Evelyn, center, and son Michael, left, holds back emotions while di

FILE – In this April 4, 2017, file photo, Penn State University's former Beta Theta Pi fraternity house on Burrowes Road sits empty after being shut d

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers for Penn State fraternity brothers charged in a pledge's death want a university employee who lived at the frat to be forced to testify at their preliminary hearing.

District Judge Allen Sinclair called an early lunch recess Friday to consider a request for a contempt order to enforce a subpoena against Tim Bream, a live-in adviser at the Beta Theta Pi house.

Defense attorneys want Bream to testify about what he knew about the alcohol-fueled pledge event on Feb. 2 that led to the death of 19-year-old Tim Piazza, of Lebanon, New Jersey.

A retired state trooper says he hasn't been able to serve Beam with a subpoena, despite contacting university lawyers and authorities at the building where Bream works.

Bream is the school's head athletic trainer.

Eighteen fraternity brothers face charges in the case.