Southern U. hazing defendant pleads “no contest”


By Joe Gyan Jr.
The Advocate
The case against seven former Southern University marching band members arrested last fall for hazing has netted the first of an expected series of no-contest pleas.

Lagarian Bridgewater, 22, of Baton Rouge, pleaded no contest on July 2 to criminal conspiracy to commit second-degree battery and misdemeanor hazing, East Baton Rouge Parish District Attorney Hillar Moore said Tuesday.

State District Judge Chip Moore will sentence Bridgewater on Sept. 22. Bridgewater is expected to be put on probation, the district attorney said. Full story.

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