Defendant in deadly 2011 Florida A&M hazing incident pleads no contest

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Friday, May 10, 2013 - 10:00pm

A defendant in the deadly Florida A&M University hazing incident pleaded no contest Friday to a felony and a misdemeanor count of hazing in exchange for prosecutors dropping a manslaughter charge, authorities said.

Rikki Wills is one of 13 people who were facing hazing charges in connection with the death of band member Robert Champion, 26, in 2011.

The felony count to which Wills pleaded no contest was hazing resulting in death, said the prosecutor's office in Orlando.

Wills' trial was supposed to begin Monday with jury selection.

Instead, Wills will be sentenced June 7 in Orlando.

Champion, a FAMU Marching 100 drum major, collapsed on a band bus after a November 2011 football game in Orlando. Medical examiners reported his death came within an hour of his being badly beaten during a hazing incident.

Last May, prosecutors announced charges against 13 people in Champion's death.


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