Florida A&M Hazers Charged With Manslaughter
Prosecutors up charges for 10 students in Robert Champion case, charge 2 more
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 4, 2013 2:45 PM CST
In this Oct. 8, 2011 file photo, Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion performs during a halftime show.   (AP Photo/Don Juan Moore)

(Newser) – Prosecutors are charging 12 former Florida A&M University band members with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major. Ten of the band members had been charged last May with felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but prosecutors said today they are raising the charges to manslaughter. They also have charged two additional defendants with manslaughter.

Champion died in Orlando in November 2011 after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual. It happened on a bus parked in a hotel parking lot after Florida A&M played Bethune-Cookman in their annual rivalry football game. Authorities say Champion had bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder, and back, and died of internal bleeding.

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Mar 5, 2013 4:26 PM CST
May they rot in a prison cell and never be able to find employment following their release. To bad he didn't do more to defend himself. Nothing says I'm serious like removing and eyeball, ripping an ear off, or crushing a windpipe. defend yourself with deadly force when needed. Remember all objects around you are weapons when defending yourself.
Mar 5, 2013 1:55 AM CST
What in God's name would you ever want to join that would entail being subjected to this?
Mar 4, 2013 9:21 PM CST
It is my sincere hope that these moronic young men draw the maximum jail sentence. I simply cannot believe that people THAT FRIGGIN' STUPID managed to get into college.