Lawyer: Robert Champion's family thankful, distraught

Authorities plan to file charges in the FAMU hazing investigation

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ATLANTA, Ga. - The attorney for the family of a Florida A&M University band member who died from a hazing incident in Orange County last year said the family is "thankful" that authorities plan to file charges in the case.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said Tuesday that multiple defendants will be charged in the death of Robert Champion.

Christopher Chestnut told The Associated Press Tuesday that the charges are "a long time in coming." Authorities said at least five people will face charges in Champion's death.  CBS News said up to 12 people could be charged.

Champion, 26, died after performing in the Florida Classic at the Citrus Bowl last November. He collapsed on a bus at an Orlando hotel.

Autopsy results showed he died from shock caused by severe bleeding after he was hazed by other band members.

Demings is expected to be among those announcing charges  Wednesday afternoon at 2 p.m.

Chestnut said Champion's family, which lives in Decatur, Ga., is "distraught" that they weren't given enough notice to attend the announcement. He said they found out about the pending charges from the media.

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