Justices to hear FAMU hazing case in February

Robert Champion Family
Posted at 2:10 PM, Nov 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-13 14:10:00-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The Florida Supreme Court will hear arguments in February in an appeal by a former member of Florida A&M University's "Marching 100" band who was convicted in the high-profile 2011 death of drum major Robert Champion.

The court on Monday issued an order that scheduled oral arguments on Feb. 7.

Dante Martin was found guilty of manslaughter, felony hazing resulting in death and two counts of misdemeanor hazing in the death of Champion, who was injured in Orlando during a band ritual known as "crossing Bus C."

During the ritual, band members were struck repeatedly as they crossed from the front of a bus to the back, and Martin was "president" of Bus C, according to a 5th District Court of Appeal ruling last year that upheld the convictions. Champion passed out after finishing the crossing and later was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Martin's attorney has argued that a state hazing law is unconstitutional, at least in part because it is overly broad. Martin, now 30, was sentenced to 77 months in prison after being found guilty by an Orange County jury.