Charges Dropped Against 1 Defendant in FAMU Case

the prosecutor is dismissing manslaughter and felony hazing charges against Henry Nesbitt.

By Kyle Hightower
|  Saturday, Mar 15, 2014  |  Updated 2:42 PM EDT
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Prosecutors File Hazing Charges in FAMU Band Member Death

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07: The Florida A&M University marching band performs on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Prosecutors File Hazing Charges in FAMU Band Member Death

There was no single blow, stomp or strike to Robert Champion's bruised and battered body that killed him as he was pummeled by fellow Florida A&M University marching band members during a hazing ritual aboard a charter bus last fall. Hear from the student's parents and law professor Tamara Lave.
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Prosecutors have decided not to pursue charges against one of the remaining defendants in the hazing death of a FAMU drum major.

Zachary White, the attorney for ex-band member Henry Nesbitt, told The Associated Press on Saturday that the prosecutor is dismissing manslaughter and felony hazing charges against Nesbitt in Robert Champion's November 2011 death following a hazing ritual outside an Orlando hotel.

Nesbitt called 911 after Champion collapsed.

A message left with the state attorney's office was not immediately returned. A "Nolle Prosequi" was filed Friday. The Latin phrase means the charges are not being pursued.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in Champion's death. Seven have been sentenced to probation and community service. Two have both pleaded no contest to manslaughter and await sentencing.

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