FAMU hazing suspect turns self in at Orient Road Jail

By Tbo.com

A 23-year-old man charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M University band member turned himself in at the Orient Road Jail on Wednesday.

Bryan Jones, of Parrish, is charged with hazing causing injury or death in connection with the November beating death of FAMU drum major Robert Champion, 26.

Jones turned himself in to the jail at 10:40 p.m. He was booked into the jail and released on a $15,000 bond.

It was not immediately clear why Jones turned himself in at the Hillsborough County jail. The warrant for his arrest was out of Orange County.

Twelve other people were charged Wednesday in one of the biggest college hazing cases ever prosecuted in the U.S.

The charges came more than five months after Champion died aboard a chartered bus parked outside an Orlando hotel following a performance against a rival school.

The tragedy exposed a brutal tradition among marching bands at some colleges around the U.S.

In all seven people charged with felony hazing in Champion's death have turned themselves in to authorities.

Florida Department of Law Enforcement spokeswoman Gretl Plessinger said Thursday that the seven defendants turned themselves in to authorities in five jurisdictions around Florida.

There are 11 defendants in all who face third-degree felony hazing charges for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion last November. Four of them are still at large. Two are in Georgia and another is in Delaware.

Two others face misdemeanor counts.

It was not immediately clear whether those charged were all students or whether they included faculty members or others involved in the road trip.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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