robert_champion_4.jpgOrlando- Orange County, Florida prosecutors have charged 13 people in connection with the hazing death of Florida A&M University band member, Robert Champion.

Champion was found dead on bus after the band performed at a football game in Orlando last November.

The medical examiner's office ruled his death a homicide. Champion died after being beaten, where he "collapsed and died within an hour after a hazing incident during which he suffered multiple blunt trauma blows to his body."

Prosecutors say 11 people are charged with felony hazing, 13 with hazing, and five with misdemeanor hazing.

Hazing by death is a third-degree felony in Florida and is punishable by up to six years in prision.


The state also filed 20 counts of misdemeanor hazing against others in unrelated incidents, says Lamar. He declined to identifiy those charged because they are in multiple jurisdictions and have not yet been arrested.