TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Rick Scott says he's glad the criminal case is moving ahead in the hazing-related death of Florida A&M band member Robert Champion.
Thirteen people are charged in connection with Champion's death aboard a charter bus last November. Eleven people are facing the felony charge of hazing resulting in death, while two others face misdemeanors.
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Gov. Scott says he wants to see due process proceed and justice prevail.
"I'm glad this is proceeding. I feel sorry and my prayer goes out to Robert Champion's mother and the entire FAMU community and everybody that knew him and so I look forward to seeing what happens. But one of the great things about our state is we are a state of laws. We're at a 40-year-low in our crime rate so things are headed in the right direction and this is the right process."
The Marching 100 Band is still on suspension as a result of Champion's death. The governor was asked if it's time to restore the band.
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"I think that we ought to finish and make sure that there's not going to be anything like this happening again. I don't think we're in that position yet. The band's got a great history but we can't afford to lose another individual like Robert Champion. So I think they ought to continue the process they've been going through with their task force but I don't think it's ready yet."
The eleven suspects charged with felony hazing are facing up to six years in prison.
FAMU has also assembled a task force to investigate the culture of hazing at the school and figure out how to end it.
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