FAMU hazing evidence to be released today (2 p.m. update)

Update: A Florida A&M drum major who died after being hazed on a bus asked to go through the ordeal because it was seen as an honor, a criminal defendant in the case said in a deposition released Wednesday.

Twenty-six-year-old Robert Champion had asked all season to go through the hazing ritual, defendant Jonathan Boyce said.

"It's a respect thing, you know," Boyce told detectives. "Well, he was wanting to do it all ... all season."

Champions' parents have said their son was a vocal opponent of the routine hazing in the band.

In an interview earlier this year, Champion's father, Robert Sr., said the reason his son was hazed was because of his opposition to it.

Prosecutors are releasing more than 1,500 pages of evidence against the 13 people charged in Champion's death last year. Eleven defendants are charged with a third-degree felony and two are charged with misdemeanors.

Earlier: ORLANDO, Fla. — Prosecutors are expected to release evidence they have against the 13 people charged in last year's hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion.

A state attorney's office spokeswoman says hundreds of pages of documents and audio files will be released Wednesday.

Champion died in November following what authorities have said was a hazing incident on a bus after FAMU's football game in Orlando. Eleven band members have been charged with felony hazing and two are charged with misdemeanors.

Champion's autopsy report listed his cause of death as a homicide as the result of repeated blows to his body.

FAMU's famed Marching 100 band was suspended shortly after the incident, and officials announced it will remain sidelined at least through the 2012-2013 school year.


Sister_Ruby 3 years ago

No doubt there are some who think this is a "witch hunt".


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