Aaron Golson, defendant in FAMU Robert Champion hazing case, now charged in second hazing

FAMU hazing death was retaliation: parents
Florida A&M Marching 100 Drum Major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Florida. Champion became ill and died after a game on November 19, 2011.
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(CBS/AP) TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Aaron Golson, one of the defendants charged in the hazing death of Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion, is already facing charges in another hazing incident. 

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Golson, 19, turned himself in on Thursday in Gadsden County.

Golson, who is from Georgia, is one of 11 band members charged with felony hazing in connection to the November death of Champion. Two others are going to be charged with misdemeanors, authorities said.

Golson was one of two band members arrested last December by Tallahassee police for allegedly hitting Bria Hunter so hard it broke her thigh. A third member was charged at the time with hazing because the incident occurred in his off-campus apartment.

Hunter was beaten about three weeks before Champion died following a hazing ritual on a band bus.

Other defendants who had turned themselves in by Thursday afternoon were: Jesse Baskin, 20, and Benjamin McNamee, in Miami-Dade County; Shawn Turner, 26, in Gadsden County; and Harold Finley, 20, in Palm Beach County. All but Finley had bonded out.

Champion's mother, Pam, said Thursday that the only way to stop hazing in FAMU's marching band is to disband the program until the root of the hazing problem is addressed.

"You've got to clean house," Pam Champion said in Atlanta. "That's the only thing."

Champion's father, Robert Champion Sr. added: "The band should not be on the field until they clean house. Until they get it completely clean. There are 400 other students who are also in the band, and the same thing can happen to them."

Complete coverage of the Florida A&M hazing case on Crimesider


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