Hearing Set For Defendants In FAMU Hazing Case

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Eight defendants who remain charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major are scheduled to have a status hearing on their cases and are expected to tell a judge whether they will accept plea offers from the prosecutor or proceed to trial.

The hearing is set for Wednesday afternoon. It has been postponed twice since former Judge Marc Lubet said in August that the next hearing would be the deadline to accept deals, some of which include jail time.

Fifteen former band members were charged with manslaughter and hazing in the November 2011 death of Robert Champion.

Six have accepted plea deals that included community service and probation for what prosecutors said were minor roles. A seventh is awaiting sentencing.

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