PSU students waive hearing on fatal fall

December 2, 2009 2:02:24 PM PST
Two Penn State students have each waived their right to a preliminary hearing on misdemeanor charges in connection with the death of an 18-year-old freshman after a night of drinking.

The Centre County Court Administrator's office says Jennifer Clifford, of Gibsonia, and John Townsend, of Latrobe, are next scheduled for pretrial conferences in March. No trial date has been set.

Both defendants are 21. They each face one count of selling or furnishing alcohol to minors and one count of unlawful acts relative to alcohol.

Police say they supplied alcohol to Joseph Dado the weekend of Sept. 18. Dado was reported missing after leaving a fraternity house early on Sept. 20.

His body was found the next day at the bottom of a stairwell near the house.