Reports: Robert Champion Saw Hazing Ritual as an ‘Honor’
[mpoverlay]Prosecutors today released new information on the hazing death of Florida A&M University marching 100 drum major Robert Champion, detailing a willingness from Champion to participant in the lethal “Crossing Bus C” initiation. The information was collected from interviews with 11 defendants in the case.
Champion asked all season to go through the hazing ritual, known as “crossing over,” defendant Jonathan Boyce said.
The 26-year-old died last November after enduring a brutal hazing ritual on a bus outside a hotel in Orlando, where FAMU played against its archrival in football. Prosecutors are releasing more than 15,000 pages of evidence against the 13 people charged in connection to Champion’s death. Eleven defendants are charged with third-degree felonies and two are charged with misdemeanors. (Associated Press)[/mpoverlay]