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  • Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case

    Former FAMU student Rikki Wills pleads no contest in hazing case
    Former FAMU drum major Rikki Wills, who insists that he tried to shield his college roommate Robert Champion from a brutal hazing in Orlando in 2011, pleaded no contest today to felony hazing resulting in death. Wills, 25, will not be sentenced until...
  • FAMU marching band suspension lifted

    FAMU marching band suspension lifted
    TALLAHASSEE — FAMU on Thursday lifted the suspension of its famed marching band, which had been prohibited from performing since the hazing death of drum major Robert Champion after the Florida Classic football game in Orlando in 2011. It was...
  • FAMU hazing defendant Lasherry Codner avoids jail in Robert Champion's death

    FAMU hazing defendant Lasherry Codner avoids jail in Robert Champion's death
    The only female band member charged in the hazing death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion was sentenced today to speak to high school and middle school students about "poor decisions" and the evils of hazing as punishment for her role in the deadly...
  • FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas now facing felony in hazing case

    FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas now facing felony in hazing case
    Prosecutors today added manslaughter and felony hazing to their case against former FAMU drum major Jarrod Deas, who was once charged only with a misdemeanor. Deas, 24, was scheduled to appear in court this morning on a misdemeanor charge of hazing in an...
  • Comeback for FAMU band starts in Orlando next month

    Comeback for FAMU band starts in Orlando next month
    The band is back. After nearly two years of silence, the Florida A&M Marching 100 will be performing again — bringing its trailblazing music and moves to Orlando on Sept. 1. But the celebrated band will be different in many ways, FAMU leaders...
  • Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director

    Champions slam FAMU's priorities, hiring of new band director
    The parents of the FAMU drum major who was hazed to death said Tuesday that the university "needs to get its priorities straight" before the famous marching band can perform again. In an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, Robert and Pamela Champion...
  • FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death

    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner agrees to plea in Champion's death
    FAMU hazing defendant Shawn Turner, who claimed he was drum major Robert Champion's "protector" and not an attacker, agreed today to plead no contest to felony hazing in the deadly ritual. Turner, 27, will likely receive a community-service sentence...
  • What we think: FAMU earned chance to bring back Marching 100

    Florida A&M University, to paraphrase a quote made famous by the Blues Brothers, is getting the band back together. Last week's announcement that the university was lifting its suspension of the Marching 100 was meant to instill confidence that...
  • Hazing death heightens worries

    Those of us who have sent children to college know that parental worries take a different turn when the kids are off on their own. We worry that they will drink too much and not study enough. That they'll be mugged on their way back to the dorm. That a...
  • Sidelined by FAMU hazing, Marching 100 band could perform next month in Orlando

    Sidelined by FAMU hazing, Marching 100 band could perform next month in Orlando
    Nearly two years after the FAMU hazing death of Robert Champion, the university plans to announce Thursday whether its troubled marching band will travel to Orlando next month and perform for the first football game of the season. Florida A&M University...
  • Claims bill would compensate FAMU drum major's family in hazing death

    Claims bill would compensate FAMU drum major's family in hazing death
    Proposed legislation was filed Thursday in the Florida Senate that would compensate the parents of FAMU drum major Robert Champion for pain and suffering they endured in the hazing death of their son. The proposed measure, known as a "claims" bill,...