Virginia Tech linebacker Isi Etute arrested on murder charges

The Blacksburg Police Department announced Wednesday that Virginia Tech freshman linebacker Isi Etute was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. Photo courtesy Blacksburg Police Department

June 3 (UPI) — Virginia Tech football player Isi Etute was arrested on murder charges, police said Wednesday.

Etute is being held without bail and charged with second-degree murder in the fatal shooting of 40-year-old Jerry Smith, the Blacksburg Police Department said.

Police said they responded to a welfare check at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday and found Smith dead.

Investigators ruled the death a homicide and Etute was identified as a person of interest before being arrested and charged.

Virginia Tech said that Etute, a freshman linebacker, had been immediately suspended from the football team and the university.


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