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Ten arrested in FAMU hazing death

ATLANTA -- Less than two days after Florida State Attorney Lawson Lamar announced plans to charge 13 people in Robert Champion's death, ten of those students have turned themselves in.

Lamar said the Florida A&M drum major was "beaten to death" on a bus during a hazing incident, but Lamar did not bring more severe charges because Champion's death could not be attributed to one specific person.

Ten students have been arrested: Jessie Baskin (20), Harold Finley (20), Brian Jones (23), Ryan Dean (22), Jonathan Boyce (24), Benjamin McNamee (21), Shawn Turner (26), Caleb Jackson (23), Rikki Wills (24) and Aaron Golson (19). Most of them have bonded out of jail.

As of Friday, only one defendant has not turned themselves in; however, the the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been in contact with her family. 

Golson was arrested in December for another hazing incident; police said he and another student beat freshman Bria Hunter with fists and rulers, breaking her thigh bone. The investigation revealed that incident was connected to the Red Dawg Order, an unsanctioned group of band students from Georgia.

Champion, 26, died on November 19th during a Marching 100 band trip to Orlando. Investigators say the drum major endured blows to his chest, shoulders and back and ruled his death homicide caused by hazing.

In a news conference Thursday, Champion's parents said they were disappointed that harsher charges weren't filed. They called for the band to be disbanded until FAMU puts measures in place to protect students from hazing.

In a statement to 11Alive News, FAMU General Counsel Avery McKnight said the university is committed to the "absolute eradication of hazing" and will address all aspects of the marching band after reviewing the Florida Department of Law Enforcement's final investigation.

The Marching 100 band has been suspended since November. Lamar said more charges could be coming.


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