Sunday, February 25, 2018
Public safety

11th FAMU band member surrenders to face hazing charge

ORLANDO — The last of 11 band members charged in the hazing death of a Florida A&M drum major turned herself in to authorities Sunday.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said 20-year-old Lasherry Codner, of Miami, surrendered at the Orange County jail. Jail records show Codner posted $15,000 bail to be released.

Eleven FAMU band members face third-degree felony hazing charges from Robert Champion's death in November.

Codner is the lone female among them. While most of the 11 had been arrested or had turned themselves in earlier last week, two — Ryan Dean, 21, a percussionist from Delaware, and Jonathan Boyce, 24, a drum major from Marietta, Ga. — turned themselves in Friday.

Two others face misdemeanor counts.

Champion died aboard a charter bus outside an Orlando hotel. His death revealed a culture of hazing at the Tallahassee school and has jeopardized the future of its prestigious Marching 100 band.

A criminal investigation of the band's finances continues, as does a probe by the state university system into whether university officials ignored warnings about hazing.

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