ORLANDO, Fla. – Another former band member says she recalls seeing two of three defendants charged with manslaughter in the death of a FAMU drum major hitting him during a hazing ritual the night he died.
April Tarpley testified Wednesday, the third day of the trail for the case's final three defendants, that she saw both Benjamin McNamee and Darryl Cearnel strike 26-year-old Robert Champion at different times aboard a parked bus after a football game in November 2011.
Champion, of Decatur, Georgia, collapsed and died shortly after a ritual known as "Crossing Bus C," which included him being punched, kicked, and hit with band instruments.
McNamee, Cearnel and Aaron Golson are being tried together for manslaughter and felony hazing. On Tuesday, other former band members testified that they saw all three hitting Champion.