Hazing trials postponed


The Orlando trial for the Florida A&M Marching “100” band members charged with felonies associated with the 2011 hazing death of Robert Champion has been postponed. 

It was originally slated to begin today, but now all cases, except that of Bryan Jones, will begin in March.

Court support manager of the 9th Judicial Circuit in Orlando Julio Semino said there would be no trials this week and “he does not know the reason behind the continuance.”

Bryan Jones has been scheduled for a status hearing Tuesday at 9 a.m. Jones also has a trial scheduled for Oct. 22.

Eleven band members are facing third-degree felony hazing charges and two are facing misdemeanor hazing charges. Those facing felony charges could serve up to to six years in prison while those charged with misdemeanors may face up to one year.

Fellow drum majors Jonathan Boyce, Shawn Turner and Rikki Willis have been charged with third-degree felonies.

Others facing trial are Ryan Dean, Aaron Golson, Jesse Baskin, Harold Finley, Benjamin McNamee, Caleb Jackson and Lasherry Codner.

Codner is the only female charged in the case.