[mpoverlay]Officials with the Orange County Sheriff’s office today announced that at least five individuals will face charges in the November 2011 hazing death of Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion. No details were released about who will face the charges, or the potential charges themselves.
The pending charges will bring more scrutiny to a culture of hazing at FAMU and other schools. Champion’s death was ruled a homicide by medical examiners, and the case has jeopardized the future of FAMU’s legendary marching band and shaken the school’s Tallahassee campus.
“The family’s position is if indeed there are charges tomorrow, it’s been a long time in coming,” Christopher Chestnut, an attorney for Champion’s parents, said Tuesday evening. “It is bittersweet. Obviously it’s comforting to know that someone will be held accountable for Robert’s murder, but it’s also disconcerting to think of the impact of the future of these students. This is just unfortunate all the way around.” (Orlando Sentinel)[/mpoverlay]