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Florida prosecutors have dropped charges against a former band member who called 911 after Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion was beaten during a hazing ritual.

Henry Nesbitt had faced manslaughter and hazing charges until the state attorney notified the court Friday he wouldn't pursue prosecution of those alleged crimes, according to Orange County court documents.

Champion, who is originally from Decatur, collapsed and died in November 2011 following a hazing ritual in which he walked down the aisle of a bus as other band members beat him with fists and instruments, prosecutors have said.

"Henry Nesbitt was the one person who was there who snatched someone's cellphone and called 911 for Mr. Champion," Nesbitt's attorney, Zachary White, said Saturday. "The evidence shows that he wasn't on the bus at the time when any of the activities were going on."

White said there was a lack of evidence for prosecutors to move forward with a case against Nesbitt.

 

March 16, 2014

 

 
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