Man charged in FAMU hazing case pleads no contest

Man charged in FAMU hazing case pleads no contest (Image 1)
Man charged in FAMU hazing case pleads no contest (Image 1)

The roommate of the Florida A&M drum major who died in a hazing ritual in 2011 has pleaded no contest to hazing charges.

During a status hearing on Friday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a manslaughter charge against Rikki Wills. He will be sentenced next month.

Jury selection had been scheduled for Monday after Wills rejected a plea deal offered by the prosecution last week. He had filed a demand for a speedy trial in early April.

He faced a manslaughter charge and two counts of misdemeanor hazing.

Robert Champion died after a football game in November 2011. He collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating. An autopsy showed bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back.

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