A recent autopsy of the FAMU student who died last month following a hazing incident revealed massive internal bleeding to the student’s back and shoulders. The student, Robert Champion collapsed on the bus following a football game between FAMU and Bethune-Cookman College. Currently there have not been any charges filed against fellow band members.
According to the report release the student endured repeated heavy blows to his chest, arms, and back. As a result, he suffered massive internal bleeding in his chest, back, and arms. The medical examiner has also concluded the cause of death was a homicide.
Florida law defines Hazing as any action or situation that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a student for purposes including, but not limited to, initiation or admission into or affiliation with any organization operating under the sanction of a postsecondary institution. Furthermore, if a death results from a hazing activity the person will be charged with a third-degree felony. Punishments include incarceration not exceeding 5 years and/ or $1000 fine.
Florida “Hazing” laws encompass activities that some might not see as criminal, be it by there participation in such activates in their youth or their jovial nature. Even so, Florida does not take “hazing” lightly. If you have been charged with Hazing or currently have Hazing charges pending, contact a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer to discuss your case and determine the best course of action in moving forward.