Three former drum majors charged in FAMU Hazing death

May 4, 2012

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it has now arrested 10 out of the 11 people charged with felonies in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University band member. Lynn Hatter has more.

Two more people charged in the death of FAMU Marching 100 Band Drum major Robert Champion turned themselves in to the Leon County Jail Friday. They are 21-year-old Ryan Dean and 24-year-old Jonathan Boyce. Both have been released on bond.

Boyce, who recently graduated from FAMU was also one of Champion’s fellow drum majors, along with Rikki Wills and Sean Turner—who are also facing felony charges in the case.

They are also three of the four people the university tried to expell shortly  after Champion's death. However, the university was told to reverse that decision by law enforcement officials over concerns that the move could interfere with the investigation.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement Spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger says all of the suspects were given time to turn themselves in to authorities. Only one person remains to be taken into custody. She is in Georgia, and Plessigner says the department has been in contact with her family.

In all, 13 people are facing a range of charges from misdemeanors to felonies in the case.