State Rests Case in Florida A&M Hazing Trial

Posted at 11:33 AM, Oct 30, 2014
and last updated 2015-01-09 03:30:36-05

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A state medical examiner testified that a Florida A&M University band member died from massive blood loss into his own body through bruises sustained during a hazing incident on an Orlando bus.

Dr. Sara Irrgang testified Thursday morning before prosecutors wrapped up their case against Dante Martin, who is charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion. Martin's attorneys were expected to begin their case Thursday.

The morning began with Judge Renee Roche dismissing a juror who felt ill.

Champion, of Decatur, Georgia, died from injuries sustained during a ritual known as "crossing Bus C," which involved running down a gauntlet aboard a parked bus while getting kicked, punched and hit with band instruments.


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