Defense rests in case for 3 charged in Florida A&M hazing

Famu Hazing Trial
Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 23, 2015
and last updated 2015-04-23 18:19:00-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - Defense attorneys have rested in the trial of three former Florida A&M band members on trial for the hazing death of a drum major.

The attorneys for the former band mates only called a single witness on Thursday.

The witness was a former band member who testified she saw two of the defendants in the front of the bus while 26-year-old Robert Champion was undergoing the hazing ritual in the back of the bus.

None of the defendants took the witness stand.

Benjamin McNamee, Darryl Cearnel and Aaron Golson are the final three defendants charged in Champion's death. If convicted of manslaughter and hazing charges, each faces up to 15 years in prison.

Closing arguments are set for Friday.

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