Florida

More Charges Filed in Florida Hazing Death

12 former college band members charged with manslaughter

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The parents of former Florida A&M University drum major Robert Champion said Tuesday that they are encouraged by the upgraded charges in their son's hazing death.

"I definitely think it's a step in the right direction," said Pamela Champion. "I'm more encouraged now as to the leadership that is in place (in Florida)."

Twelve former band members were charged Monday with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of Champion, 26.