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Attorneys for FAMU hazing defendants back in court

Robert Champion
Posted at 5:21 AM, Sep 09, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-09 01:30:34-04

ORLANDO, Fla. (WTXL) - Attorneys for four remaining defendants charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University drum major are due back in court to update a judge on whether they're ready for trial.

The hearing is set for Tuesday morning.  Attorneys for three defendants asked Judge Renee Roche for a continuance in June, citing difficulty taking depositions of potential prosecution witnesses.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion of Decatur, Georgia. Eight accepted plea deals of community service and probation for what prosecutors called minor roles.  The state dropped charges against one former defendant, and another has pleaded but not yet to be sentenced.

Jessie Baskin pleaded no contest to manslaughter and was sentenced to a year in jail in March.