Virginia Tech Linebacker Beat Tinder Date To Dying After Discovering He Was A Man: Prosecutors

A Virginia Tech freshman linebacker charged with second-degree homicide fatally beat his sufferer after discovering that the individual, whom he met on Tinder as “Angie,” was a person, prosecutors stated Wednesday.

Montgomery County Common District Court docket Choose Randal Duncan set a secured bond of $75,000 for Isimemen Etute, 18, of Virginia Seashore, however he’ll stay in jail after prosecutors filed an expedited enchantment, information retailers reported. Etute, who’s charged within the dying of 40-year-old Jerry Smith, was set to be launched to stay together with his household. His launch is on maintain for as much as 5 days, however the enchantment could also be heard Thursday or Friday.

Commonwealth’s Lawyer Jason Morgan argued in opposition to bail, revealing particulars concerning the case from Etute’s statements to police. Etute stated he visited Smith’s house in April after he was matched with somebody named “Angie” on Tinder, however when he returned on Could 31, he found his match was a person, prosecutors stated, citing police statements. Etute instructed police he punched and stomped Smith and heard gurgling as he left, however didn’t name police. The medical expert’s workplace had beforehand revealed that Smith died from blunt power trauma to the pinnacle.

Etute’s mom, Michelle, testified that her son had by no means been in bother and was not a flight threat. His lawyer, Jimmy Turk, stated his shopper graduated from highschool early to begin at Virginia Tech in January. Etute is on suspension from the college and its soccer staff throughout the investigation.

Smith’s household attended the listening to and a dozen soccer gamers, most in Virginia Tech gear, have been there to help Etute.

Duncan acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations, however stated there was no proof that Etute wouldn’t seem for trial or posed a hazard to the neighborhood.

Etute was charged with second-degree homicide.


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