In brief: Band members charged in death
ORLANDO, Fla. – Twelve former Florida A&M University band members were charged Monday with manslaughter in the 2011 hazing death of a drum major.
Ten of the band members had been charged last May with third-degree felony hazing for the death of 26-year-old Robert Champion, but the state attorney’s office said they are adding the charge of manslaughter for each defendant. They also have charged two additional defendants with manslaughter, though they have yet to be arrested.
The second-degree manslaughter charge announced during an afternoon status hearing carries a penalty of up to 15 years in prison.
Champion died in Orlando in November 2011 after he collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating during a hazing ritual. It happened on a bus parked in a hotel parking lot after Florida A&M played Bethune-Cookman in the schools’ annual rivalry football game.
Authorities said Champion died of internal bleeding.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe on Monday vetoed what would have been the most restrictive abortion ban in the nation, telling lawmakers that outlawing the procedure as early as 12 weeks into a pregnancy would be unconstitutional.
Beebe used the same reasoning as he did last week while vetoing a 20-week abortion ban – a veto lawmakers quickly overrode. The Democratic governor said the Arkansas Legislature’s new Republican majority was violating the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized abortion until a fetus could survive outside the womb – generally 22 to 24 weeks. The measure would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected using an abdominal ultrasound, which is generally 12 weeks into a pregnancy.
An override attempt on the 12-week ban will begin in the Senate today.
TAMPA, Fla. – Appearing in public for the first time since she was acquitted of murder, Casey Anthony revealed that she doesn’t have a job or a car, lives with friends and relies on unsolicited gift cards and cash to get by.
“I guess you could say I’m living free off the kindness” of others, Anthony said at a bankruptcy hearing Monday in Tampa.
Anthony, 26, was acquitted of murder in July 2011 in the death of her daughter, Caylee. She was released from jail several days later and disappeared from the spotlight.
Anthony said all of the “unsolicited” money, gift cards and donations were sent to her attorneys, who then pass them along to her. Anthony filed for bankruptcy in January, claiming about $1,000 in assets and $792,000 in liabilities.