Friday, April 05, 2013 6:12 pm
Not guilty pleas to new charges in FAMU hazing
The Associated Press
Defendants entered written pleas Friday to the more serious charges.
More than a dozen former FAMU band members were charged last year with hazing, a third-degree felony, in Champion's death. But prosecutors upped the charges to manslaughter last month.
Two former band members last year pleaded no-contest to third-degree felony hazing, and a third is expected to enter a plea later this month.
Champion collapsed and died in Orlando in November 2011 after what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual. It happened on a bus parked in a hotel parking lot after FAMU played a rival in football.