Johnstown man charged in IUP student's death

Police have charged an Indiana University of Pennsylvania student in connection with the death of one of his fraternity brothers.

According to KDKA, Indiana County District Attorney Patrick Dougherty said the charge against Mr. DiStefano could change after an autopsy is completed.

Indiana Borough police allege that 20-year-old Caleb Zweig was choked during the altercation just after 11 p.m. Friday near the Indiana University of Pennsylvania campus.

Ronald Fisher is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat.

According to a criminal complaint, a witness told police DiStefano was spotted on top of Zwieg, choking him. Coroner Jerry Overman Jr. said no visible injuries were found, and the results of toxicology and other tests were awaited before a ruling on the cause and manner of death could be made.

The witness said he "pulled DiStefano off Zweig and began to render aid to Zweig" before he was transported to IRMC.

"We don't know a whole lot", Overman said.

Zwieg and DeStefano were members of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Zweig was a junior majoring in English and DiStefano is a freshman majoring in communications media, she said.

"It is just tragic and awful for all involved".

Police went to DiStefano's home on South 7th street at 8:30am on Saturday to inform him that his friend was dead, which caused him to become "visibly distraught". "As new details emerge, we will continue to monitor and review the situation along with local and university officials".

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