Six Defandants in FAMU Hazing Death Trial Reject Plea Deal
TALLAHASSEE- The last six defendants in the hazing death of a Florida A & M University drum major are demanding a jury trial. Their lawyers rejected plea deals nearly two years after Robert Champion's death made national headlines and sidelined the marching band. Outside the courthouse, Champion’s parents said they are concerned that hazing still happens at FAMU.
"Unfortunately since my son's death there has been at least three that i know of and most recently in December,” said Champion’s mother Pamela Champion.
"We not going to tolerate this kind of behavior and this hazing has got to stop,” said Champion’s father Robert Champion.
Fifteen former band members were charged in Champion's death. Eight have accepted deals with seven already sentenced to combinations of probation and community service. Another, Caleb Jackson, pleaded no contest to manslaughter in April, but has yet to be sentenced.
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