June 14, 2012 - Noon
A trial date has been set for the FAMU Marching 100 members charged with felonies in the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion. An Orlando judge set the date at a hearing this morning. The judge set a trial date of October 8th, just four months away.
Champion was beaten to death on board a charter bus after the Florida Classic. His fellow band members are charged with felonies in his hazing death. All of them were arraigned in Orlando today, but only one of them Shawn Turner actually showed up in person.
The rest sent lawyers because they had already entered written pleas of not guilty.
Given the number of defendants and witnesses some are already speculating that it will be next year before the case goes to court.
ORLANDO, Fla. - June 14, 2012 -
A judge has set an October trial date for 11 people charged with felony hazing in the death of a Florida A&M drum major.
An attorney for one of the people says the trial likely won't start until next year, though, because of the number of defendants and witnesses who need to be interviewed.
Circuit Judge Marc Lubet set the Oct. 8 date during an arraignment Thursday. Only defendant Shawn Turner was in court because he had not hired an attorney. He was appointed a public defender.
Most of the other defendants waived their appearances.
Champion died in November following what authorities have said was hazing on a bus after FAMU's football game in Orlando.