Robert Champion Case Goes to Prosecutors

By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email
By: Eyewitness News, Lanetra Bennett Email

[UPDATE] Tallahassee, FL - March 27, 2012 --

Authorities in Orange County say they've spent more 1,000 man hours investigating the hazing death of Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion.

The case is now in the hands of the state attorney in Orange County.

Students at FAMU say four months is long enough. They are ready for closure in the death of Robert Champion.

"I wish that they would hurry up." Says student Janae Lattery.

FAMU students say they hope prosecutors won't take long to determine if and what charges will be filed in the hazing death of Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion.

Champion died last November in Orlando.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office just turned over its findings from the investigation to the State Attorney's Office there.

Lattery says, "He was somebody's son, he was somebody's grandson, he was somebody's cousin. I know if that was somebody in my family, I would want them to hurry and close the case and do whatever they have to do to bring justice."

Authorities say Champion died from blunt force trauma from being beaten during a hazing ritual on a charter bus.

FAMU student Julian Reland says, "We can't bring in new members because they put a ban on all of that. A lot of organizations are hurting because of that. We can't bring in new members. When this is solved, I think it'll go back to normal."

Investigators say during the course of the investigation, they've interviewed more than 40 people, put in more than 1,000 man-hours and have traveled to Tallahassee numerous times for witness statements.

FAMU student Denzel Goldwire says, "This case should've been an open and close case for at least three weeks. I understand what are they saying in going further, but, it's more than just Robert Champion now."

The Orange County Sheriff's Office thanks FAMU administrators and says it couldn't have accomplished this investigation without their full cooperation.

There is no word on how long it will take prosecutors to review the facts and file any charges.

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Tallahassee, FL -- March 26, 2012 --

Some breaking news tonight in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion.

Late this afternoon, the Orange County Sheriff's Office turned over the findings of its investigation to the state attorney there.

Champion was beaten to death in a hazing ritual after the Florida Classic held in late November 2011.

The Orange County Sheriff's Office says it interviewed more than 40 people and made numerous trips to Tallahassee to gather statements.

A spokeswoman for state attorney Lawson Lamar says they will not comment on the possible outcome of the case or release any public records right now.

There is no word on how long it will take prosecutors to review the facts and file any charges.

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