Prosecutors released new evidence in the FAMU/Robert Champion hazing case. Hundreds of pages of documents revealed that Champion, 26, had been beaten with drum sticks and bass-drum mallets. He died last November of hemorrhagic shock caused by blunt-force trauma. The Orlando Sentinel has the rest of the story.
During the Nov. 19 hazing ritual that eventually claimed his life, FAMU drum major Robert Champion was beaten with drum sticks and bass-drum mallets, according to statements included in hundreds of pages of evidence released today by prosecutors.
The evidence includes the probable-cause affidavit, which was used to issue warrants for the arrests of 11 fellow band members accused of participating in the hazing ritual after which Champion collapsed and died.
According to a band member quoted in the documents, Champion went through the “hot seat” hazing ritual involving suffocation before he “crossed over” — or was pummeled as he made his way from the front to the back of the bus.
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