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FAMU Hazing Update: Suspect in Robert Champion hazing death pleads no contest

Prosecutors investigating the hazing death of a drum major at Florida A&M upgraded the criminal charges in the case. Scott Pelley reports 12 people are now charged with second-degree manslaughter.

Florida A&M drum major Robert Champion during a performance at halftime of the football game against Howard University at Bragg Memorial Stadium on Oct. 8, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.
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(CBS/AP) ORLANDO, Fla. - A third defendant charged with the hazing of Robert Champion, a Florida A&M drum major, has pleaded no contest in an Orlando courtroom.

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Caleb Jackson pleaded no contest to manslaughter and felony hazing Thursday in Orange County court.

His attorney had said last week that he would plead guilty but attorney Chuck Hobbs says he instead decided that it would be in Jackson's best interest to plead no contest.

Jackson had been held in Leon County Jail on a violation of probation since his arrest.

Champion, a FAMU drum major, died in Orlando in November 2011 after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual.

Eleven other former Florida A&M band members are still facing manslaughter and felony hazing charges.

Complete Coverage of the FAMU hazing death case on Crimesider

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