Friday, June 15, 2012

Judge schedules Oct. 8 trial date for Champion defendants

Circuit Judge Marc Lubet ordered a Sept. 25 pretrial date and an Oct. 8 trial date for the 11 felony defendants in hazing death case of FAMU drum major Robert Champion. He made the announcements during an arraignment hearing held yesterday.

Ten of the defendants were excused from the proceeding because they had already filed “not guilty” pleas. Shawn Turner, an ex-drum major, was the only one who attended. He had to appear before the judge to request a public defender and fill out financial need forms.

Craig Brown, an attorney for defendant Aaron Golson, told reporters he believed the trial date will probably have to pushed back until at least 2013.

“Given the amount of discovery, and everything that needs to be done in this case, and the number of defendants, it will be difficult for the case to be ready for trial at that date,” Brown said. “There is a lot that has to be gone through.”

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