Charges Upgraded to Manslaughter in the 2011 Death of FAMU Drum Major Robert Champion

famu-marchingProsecutors have upgraded charges against 10 individuals to manslaughter in the death of Robert Champion, a drum major for the Marching 100 band at Florida A&M University in Tallahassee. Authorities say that Champion was killed as the result of a hazing incident in the fall of 2011. The 10 defendants had previously been charged with third-degree felony hazing.

Two additional individuals, who had not been arrested previously, were also charged with manslaughter. The second-degree manslaughter charge carries a maximum penalty of 15 years in prison. The maximum penalty for felony hazing is five years in prison.

According to law enforcement officials, at the Florida Class football game in November 2011, Champion ran a gauntlet from the front of a charter bus to the back while being beaten by members of the Marching 100 band as part of the hazing ritual. He suffered multiple internal injuries and died.

The trial is not expected to start before August at the earliest.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Get the JBHE Weekly Bulletin

Receive our weekly email newsletter delivered to your inbox

Latest News

In Memoriam: O. Jerome Green, 1954-2024

President of historically Black Shorter College O. Jerome Green passed way unexpectedly on April 8. Since he became president in 2012, the college has experienced record-breaking enrollment and graduation rates, created new academic programs, and established the STEM Center for Academic Excellence.

Federal Report Uncovers Lack of Faculty Diversity and Delay in Federal Discrimination Complaint Processing

In addition to a lack of diversity in higher education faculty, the report revealed a frequent delay by the Department of Education when referring discrimination complaints to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Christopher Span Appointed Dean of Rutgers University Graduate School of Education

Dr. Span, professor of education policy, organization, and leadership at the University of Illinois, is a scholar of African American educational history. He has experience in both academic and administrative leadership positions.

Lingering Mistrust From Tuskegee Syphilis Study Connected to COVID-19 Vaccine Reluctance

African Americans who lived within 750 miles of Tuskegee, Alabama, were more reluctant to receive the COVID-19 vaccine than their White neighbors, as well as Black Americans from other United States regions. The authors attribute this finding to lingering mistrust of public health services as a result of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study which ran from the 1930s to 1972.

Featured Jobs