A Virginia Tech first-year linebacker charged with second degree murder fatally beat his victim after discovering that the person he had met on Tinder as “Angie” was male, the police said on Wednesday. prosecutors.
Montgomery County General District Court Judge Randal Duncan has set $ 75,000 bail for 18-year-old Isimemen Etute, of Virginia Beach, but he will remain in jail after prosecutors filed a fast-track appeal, he said. reported the media. Etute, who is accused of the death of Jerry Smith, 40, was due to be released to live with his family. His release is suspended for up to five days, but the appeal can be heard Thursday or Friday.
Commonwealth attorney Jason Morgan has argued against bail, revealing details of the case from Etute’s statements to police. Etute said he visited Smith’s apartment in April after being matched with someone named “Angie” on Tinder, but upon his return on May 31, he found out his pen pal was male, prosecutors said, citing police statements. Etute told police he hit and stomped on Smith and heard gurgling sounds as he left, but did not call the police. The medical examiner’s office previously revealed that Smith died of a blunt trauma to the head.
Etute’s mother Michelle testified that her son never had any problems and was not at risk of running away. His attorney, Jimmy Turk, said his client graduated from high school early to start at Virginia Tech in January. Etute is suspended from school and his football team during the investigation.
Smith’s family attended the hearing and a dozen football players, most of them in Virginia Tech gear, were there to support Etute.
Duncan acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations, but said there was no evidence Etute would not appear for trial or pose a danger to the community.
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