High school football star stabs older male lover to death outside Connecticut home, cops say
A star Connecticut high school football player trying to break it off with his older lover stabbed the man to death during a tussle outside the teen’s home, cops say.
Tarence Mitchell, 18, stabbed Ronald Taylor Jr., 27, five times with a steak knife -- including at least once in the back -- during an argument Thursday night in Bloomfield, WFSB-TV reports.
The fatal slashing came after a two-year relationship, according to court records. The older man plied the teen with pot and alcohol, Mitchell told police, but when the high schooler tried to break off the sexual relationship, “Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, including him being a Bloomfield gay football star,” the TV station reports.
The older man got jealous when the football captain at Bloomfield High School, in a Hartford suburb, would text girls. He reportedly threatened the teen with a sword, court papers showed.
When Taylor arrived at Mitchell’s house uninvited Thursday, the teen armed himself with the steak knife, he told cops.
Taylor reportedly punched Mitchell in the face before the football star stabbed Taylor three times. When the man fled, Mitchell chased him down to stab him twice more, cops say.
Mitchell, who had minor cuts to his hands, originally told cops the two were attacked, but later admitted to the slaying, the TV station reports.
“He’s never been in trouble,” Mitchell’s mother, Tyra Smith, told the TV station outside a courthouse Friday as she held back tears. “He’s a star athlete, he’s loved all around town, everybody knows him. This is just so shocking. I send my deepest condolences to the victim’s family but my son is not a murderer.”
Mitchell is charged with murder and is being held with bail set at $1 million.
“It’s a sad thing it took two people’s lives to end this way,” the victim’s cousin, Jackie Harris, told the TV station. “We are really grieving over my cousin.”
Edited by bindy - Nov 22 2013 at 8:51pm