AJC: 5 To Be Charged In FAMU Hazing Death

Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — At least five people will face criminal charges in the death of a Florida A&M University drum major from DeKalb County who died after being hazed aboard a band bus in Orlando last fall, authorities said Tuesday.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told The Associated Press that multiple defendants will be charged in 26-year-old Robert Champion’s death, although he refused to say what the charges are. Prosecutors scheduled a press conference for 2 p.m.

Prosecutors have built five cases against defendants with charges ranging from misdemeanors to felony charges, said Danielle Tavernier, a spokeswoman for the State Attorney’s Office in Orlando. She refused to specify the charges pending an announcement by prosecutors on Wednesday.

Prosecutors sometime cluster defendants by case, meaning the number of defendants could be higher than five, said Bob Dekle, a University of Florida law professor.

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