FAMU Hazing Scandal: Suspect Turns Himself In
1 year ago
13 charged in death of Robert Champion.
Bryan Jones turned himself in yesterday evening. He was one of the 13 suspects charged after an investigation into the death of Champion in November.
Jones is one of 11 facing a third-degree felony charge of hazing and causing injury or death. They are also accused of two counts of first-degree misdemeanor hazing. Two others face a single count of misdemeanor first-degree hazing.
Two other suspects were being held Wednesday afternoon. They were identified as Caleb Jackson, 23, and Rikki Wills, 24. Both are facing the more serious felony charges. Authorities are still searching for 10 other suspects. They declined to identify those who had not been arrested.
Pam Champion, Robert's mother, said the term hazing doesn't accurately describe what happened to her son.
"The term 'hazing' in itself is a very light term," she said. "I don't look at it as being a form of bullying. Hazing is a very brutal assault ... against another person."
The Champion family planned to speak to journalists at a news conference today in Atlanta.
Champion died November 19th of last year from severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members on a bus parked outside an Orlando hotel.
The autopsy conducted after his death found "extensive contusions of his chest, arms, shoulder and back," as well as "evidence of crushing of areas of subcutaneous fat" -- which is the fatty tissue directly under a person's skin.