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Authorities plan to file charges in FAMU hazing death

4:03 PM, May 1, 2012   |    comments
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they plan to file charges against band members accused in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings told the Associated Press on Tuesday that multiple defendants will be charged in the death of Robert Champion.

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Officials said there will be a news conference on Wednesday at 2 p.m. in Orlando, where findings will be shared.

Detectives say Champion suffered blunt trauma blows and that he died from shock caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.

Since Champion's death, FAMU and other schools have been under intense scrutiny about how they handle complaints of hazing.

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