A Florida judge said he probably will rule by the end of next week on a motion to throw out the civil suit by the family of Robert Champion, the drum major who was killed during a hazing incident involving members of Florida A&M University’s famed Marching 100 band.
The hazing ritual, known as "crossing over," took place last November in a bus parked outside an Orlando, Fla., hotel after Florida A&M played its football rival. Champion, 26, was pummeled so hard he died of hemorrhagic shock caused by blunt-force trauma, according to the medical examiner’s report.
Champion’s family is suing the school, the owner of the bus and the driver. All have asked to have the family’s suit dismissed.
At the hearing Wednesday before Circuit Judge Walter Komanski, university attorney Rick Mitchell argued Champion chose to participate in the hazing ritual as a way of increasing his stature in the band. Champion knew the hazing was against university policy but chose to enter the bus anyway, he said, according to media reports from the courtroom.