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Hazing History Allowed in FAMU Band Members Trial
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- A past history of hazing among Florida A&M band members will be allowed to be mentioned in the trial of four former band members charged in a drum major's hazing death. But Judge Rene Roche on Wednesday agreed with defense attorneys and prosecutors that there should be no mention that drum major Robert Champion was gay. Fifteen defendants were charged after Champion died after undergoing a hazing ritual aboard a band bus. All but four had their cases settled and the remaining defendants go to trial next week. Defense attorneys and prosecutors agreed that no witness had said that Champion's sexuality played a role in the severity of his hazing.

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