Robert Champion was a drum major with the Florida A&M marching band. He died on a bus after one of the band’s performances. Florida prosecutors say it was a hazing incident that resulted in his death. 12 former members of the band are now charged with manslaughter over this alleged hazing incident. This video comes from the NBC Nightly News. It aired on the March 4, 2013 episode.
According to authorities, Robert Champion was beaten as a part of this hazing incident. He was killed from internal injuries, allegedly as a result of that beating.
The maximum prison sentence for these manslaughter charges is 15 years.
As to evidence showing that each of the 12 is guilty of this crime, that was not discussed in this particular report. But one would expect lots of people to be pointing fingers at everyone else. But anyone who encouraged the hazing would also generally be guilty of the crime as an accessory. This is true even if a defendant did not physically beat Champion. However, some of the Florida A&M band members might be able to argue that the actual beating was not consistent with and far exceeded what they had seen in the past. In other words, did they encourage harmless hazing, but the people doing the beating suddenly and unexpectedly put a violent whipping on the victim?