Closing Arguments, Deliberations Start In First FAMU Hazing Trial

Oct 31, 2014

Robert Champion died Nov. 2011 after a hazing ritual
Credit Tony Levell

Attorneys are set to give closing arguments in the case of a former Florida A&M University band member charged with manslaughter and hazing in the death of a drum major who was beaten on a band bus during a hazing ritual.
 
     Once they're finished, Judge Renee Roche will give the jurors final instructions and deliberations could begin sometime Friday.
 
     Prosecutors called eight witnesses, including former band members who identified 27-year Dante Martin as orchestrator of the ritual known as "crossing Bus C" after a football game in Orlando in 2011.
 
     Robert Champion of Decatur, Georgia, died following the ritual that involved his fellow musicians kicking and pummeling him with fists and drumsticks.
 
     The defense presented no witnesses and Martin declined to testify. He faces up to 15 years in prison.