Charges filed in hazing death of Florida drum major

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Posted: May 02, 2012 2:49 PM

By Barbara Liston

ORLANDO, Florida (Reuters) - A central Florida state attorney announced charges on Wednesday against 13 people in the case of a Florida marching band drum major who was killed in a brutal hazing ritual last November.

Most of the charges were third degree felonies for "hazing with death," punishable under Florida law by a maximum of six years in jail, said Florida's Ninth District State Attorney Lawson Lamar. No murder charges were filed, he said.

The charges capped a lengthy investigation into the death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, who died on a band charter bus after the university's renowned "Marching 100" band performed at the annual Florida Classic football game.

(Writing by David Adams; Editing by Tom Brown and Jackie Frank)