13 People Charged with Felonies in FAMU Hazing Death

Thirteen people will face felony charges in Robert Champion's death lasat November. Also, 20 misdemeanor charges are being filed in other hazing incidents.

Two suspects being charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M Drum Major Robert Champion arrived in separate law enforcement cars and were booked into the Leon County Jail just before 3 p.m. Wednesday.

Caleb Jackson and Rikki Willis were both charged with felony hazing resulting in a death.

“I am not going to parse out the specifics of the charges or the names of those charged, due to the fact that they are at large,” said State Attorney Lawson Lamar.

In a written statement, the chairman of the FAMU Board of Trustees said steps to prevent hazing have been implemented since the November 19th death. The FAMU marching 100 remains suspended, FAMU summer band camp has been cancelled and the status of the band is under review.

Chuck Hobbs represents suspended band director Julian White.

“Now that you have individuals that are subject to arrest, I think it’s going to show clearly that Dr. White has no personal culpability in the events that led to Robert Champion’s death,” said Hobbs.

Longineu Parsons is the FAMU music professor who turned in two faculty members involved in 2010 hazing. Both professors resigned before being fired.

Parsons says with the arrests, it is time to more forward.

“Because we have young people over here that we help to become adults, and they go out and do great things,” said Parsons.

FAMU has initiated a $50,000 grant for faculty members to research hazing.


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