Virginia Tech’s freshman linebacker was accused of beating a man to death in a catfish and leaving him dead, despite hearing his victims “bubbling and squealing,” the report said.
The Roanoke Times reports that David Etute has been charged with second-degree murder. He received the bond on Wednesday.
The paper reports that Etute allegedly admitted to police that he punched 40-year-old Jerry Paul Smith five times in the face and “stomped” him after learning he was not a woman.
Etute said he visited Smith’s apartment in April after he was paired with someone named “Angie” on Tinder, but when he returned on May 31st, he found his partner was a man. Prosecutors said during the hearing on Wednesday. citing a statement from the police
The paper reported that Smith’s body was in the apartment the next day.
Etute’s attorney, Jimmy Turk, told the court the case. “Rather than having someone come to an apartment and punch someone.”
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The New York Post reported that Turk told reporters outside the court that “No one deserves to die. But I don’t think to say Don’t pretend you’re not. Don’t target or lure anyone under that perception. That’s just wrong.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.