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.


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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  • by William Location: San Diego on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:24 PM
    This should never happen in the first place, it did and some people will pay for it.Case closed. It brought back memory when I was on active duty in the Navy, and being in the enginerring department,and the tradition of 'greasing' was widespread for new personnels in that department. I was approach by members from my own division about me being the recipient, at first I took it as a joke,I go down into the engineroom and waited,nothing happen,that made me mad because they wasted my time,later they ask me what I would have done if they had, and I told them, each one touch me will never see daylight again and the captain got involved and I express that same conversation with him,no more problem.Nip in the bud as soon as it raise it ugly head.
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      by GV on Mar 29, 2012 at 05:29 AM in reply to William
      William,you actually made sense for once,instead of your usual racist rants,and you have some of the most racist comments of anyone on here.But anyway,why would you think that it is just racist for someone expecting for the Champion murderers to be arrested?If the hole snipes would have beat you to death while they were greasing you,do you think that they should not be held responsible for your death?And don't give me no line about they couldn't have hurt you cause you sre so big and bad,either.
  • by ..... on Mar 27, 2012 at 08:52 AM
    For those of you drawing a comparison between Trayvon and Robert and the protests....everyone is clear that Trayvon is an innocent victim. Just walking down the street and killed. In regards to Robert, There is division amongst people who are equally upset with hazers and the hazee and those only upset with the hazer because he died. Hazing can't be irradiated until BOTH parties stand up against it, but since hazing is literally everywhere in America. Even if these students are arrested it won't do anything to prevent hazing in the military, foot ball teams, and every college in America. It will just change the students involved and those that were close to the incident. It's unfortunate the situation was broadcasted all over the nation and there isn't a bigger impact on Hazing nationwide. RIP Robert.
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      by GV on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:31 AM in reply to .....
      According to your logic,it is ok to murder someone during a gang innitiation as long as the victim and the murderers are both black.And it is not clear that treyvon was an innocent victim.Have you been keeping up with the case?
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      by HMA on Mar 27, 2012 at 01:43 PM in reply to .....
      I agree. All hazers should be put in a giant microwave oven.
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      by say what?? on Mar 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM in reply to .....
      "Just walking down the street and was killed"?? Are you real sure about that? Sounds like the other side of the story is coming out....
  • by Jake on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:57 AM
    I would hate to live in the hell of knowing I helped murder my friend.
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      by yup, it's true on Mar 27, 2012 at 02:02 PM in reply to Jake
  • by AD Location: Valdosta on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:25 AM
    Gerry-- there are obviously racist remarks on all of these stories, but I have read a lot of your your comments too and I think, before pointing your finger, you should take a peek in the mirror yourself.
  • by AlyxJ on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:41 AM
    I guess what my grandmother said was true, "If common sense were common, everybody would have it." This has nothing to do with the fact that everyone involved here was black. I guarantee charges will be filed in this case. The police conducted a proper and thorough investigation, unlike the Sanford police. It is the police misconduct in the other case that has stirred the protest because it, combined with several other incidents not thoroughly investigated by the Sanford police, reeks of racism. You know what's wrong with society as a whole? The lack of critical thinking ability. The fact that most of you can't see two distinctly different cases as different is extremely disappointing.
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      by GV on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:28 AM in reply to AlyxJ
      How is it different in the sanford case?They are still investigating it,stupid.So you think that police get all the time they want to do a complete investigation if the victim is black and gets killed by another black,but if he is killed by someone of another race that they should arrest immediately before it is investigated?Please explain how it is different.
  • by Anonymous Location: Tally on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:30 AM
    Where are the Black Panthers on this case.....No 10,000 reward for his killer...Or is that because they may be of the same color skin and therefore it some how ok...because maybe he was not killed by a white person...
  • by William Location: San Diego on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:00 AM
    To the 'Jim Crow Supremacists' as members of of the 'Jim Crow De facto Coalition', you either too stupid to comphrend that the wheels of 'justices' for 'African-Americans' come to a 'full stop' or don't turn at all. Apparently, your 'comrades' in the 'Jim Crow Terrorist Organization' suffer from the same stupity as you did.It funny that a 'race of people' that promote 'serial-killings' as a 'pasttime' and rape and 'bombings' as a 'Sunday outing'. Talibans-Jim Crow Loyalists, same-same.
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      by say what?? on Mar 27, 2012 at 02:03 PM in reply to William
      William, you need some help man. You're a pretty warped dude.
  • by Family Location: Tallahassee,FL on Mar 27, 2012 at 05:53 AM
    People, people this is a total different story than the one is sanford, they do not need no protester in Orlando for this. Now what going on in sanford something need to be done. It's not not about a white or a black thing, It is for JUSTICE FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!
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      by GV on Mar 27, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to Family
      What needs to be done in Sanford that doesn't need to be done here?So you think it's OK to kill a gay black man as long as he's killed by another black person?
  • by T H Newell Location: T/ville on Mar 27, 2012 at 03:22 AM
    I new Robert and his family ,,,where are the protest,marches rallies at the capital ???? Oh I know ,,it is because Robert was black and who ever killed him was black ,,wake up black people ,does this TELL YOU SOMETHING about out race,,The time is here ,,someone or some people need to be charged on Robert death ..
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      by Alice on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:13 AM in reply to T H Newell
      thier all down in Sanford Fl
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      by Jake on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:55 AM in reply to T H Newell
      Your comment is proof that evolution is but a theory.
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      by Agree on Mar 27, 2012 at 10:09 AM in reply to T H Newell
      It seems a black person only has value if they are killed by a white person. If they are killed by another black, their life is valueless. That is crazy!
  • by Gerry Location: Tallahassee on Mar 27, 2012 at 02:36 AM
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      by Just?Me on Mar 27, 2012 at 06:46 AM in reply to Gerry
      The first problem with your math is that 80% of the population is not white. Where are your percentages for Asians, Hispanics, Indians (with a dot), and Indians (with a feather)? Just because a man is not black, that doesn't automattically make him white. And where did you pull that "1 in 5" ratio from, are you making up stats as you go? Why should anyone do your "arithmetic" if the numbers are pure fabrication in the first place?
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      by By Golly on Mar 27, 2012 at 07:57 AM in reply to Gerry
      You amaze me..
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