Former Florida A&M band members are pleading not guilty to increased charges of manslaughter related to the death of drum major Robert Champion.
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- The roommate of the Florida A&M drum major who died after undergoing a hazing ritual in 2011 has pleaded no contest to hazing charges.
During a status hearing on Friday, prosecutors agreed to dismiss a manslaughter charge against Rikki Wills. He will be sentenced next month.
Jury selection had been scheduled for Monday after Wills rejected a plea deal offered by the prosecution last week. He had filed a demand for a speedy trial in early April.
He faced a manslaughter charge and two counts of misdemeanor hazing.
Robert Champion died following a football game in November 2011. He collapsed following what prosecutors say was a savage beating. An autopsy showed bruises on his chest, arms, shoulder and back.