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All Eight Penn State Students Charged with Furnishing Waive Preliminary Hearing

by on February 26, 2013 4:36 PM

Updated at 11:30 a.m.

Each of the eight Penn State students charged with furnishing alcohol to minors in connection with Paige Raque's five-story fall will fight their charges at trial after waiving their right to a preliminary hearing. 

Two of the eight women waived early and the remaining six waived Wednesday morning. 

A formal arraignment is scheduled for 2 p.m. March 27 in Courtroom No. 2 of the Centre County Courthouse, according to court documents. 

The women were charged with misdemeanors related to providing minors access to alcohol at the culmination of a State College Police investigation into the events surrounding 19-year-old Paige Raque's five-story fall out of a window in Calder Commons in October.

Julie Hannan, 19, and Madeline Miller, 19, waived early.

Tempest Hourston, 21, Megan Markovitz, 21, Adaire Robinson, 21, Alexandra Hipple, 20, Brooke Piccione, 20, and Alyssa Duffy, 19, waived their preliminary hearing Wednesday morning at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte. 

Posted at 4:36 p.m.

Six of the eight Penn State students charged with furnishing alcohol to minors after Penn State student Paige Raque fell from a fifth-story window, last October, will be in Bellefonte for their preliminary hearing Wednesday morning. 

Centre County Court administrators confirmed that two students earlier waived their right to a preliminary hearing. The remaining six will report to the Centre County Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. 

The eight students charged in the case were arrested in January after Raque's 39-foot-fall from a fifth-floor window in Calder Commons, 520 E. Calder Way. 

Raque, a 19-year-old Penn State cheerleader, suffered a brain injury and a broken pelvis and was flown to the trauma center of Altoona Regional Health System on the night of her accident. Racque has since been transferred to a rehabilitation center in her hometown of Louisville, Ky.

Four cheerleaders and one member of the Penn State Lionettes Dance Team were among those charged. All five are no longer with their respective squads because of a violation of team rules, university officials said in January. 

In October, police executed a search warrant to obtain Raque's medical records from Mount Nittany Medical Center to determine whether alcohol was a factor in her fall.

Police said Raque will not be charged.



Laura Nichols is a StateCollege.com news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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