Virginia Tech linebacker accused of beating man to dying over Tinder catfishing

A Virginia Tech pupil charged with homicide advised police he fatally beat a man – breaking each bone in his face – for catfishing him on Tinder, prosecutors stated.

Isimemen David Etute, 18, advised cops he went to the Blacksburg house of 40-year-old Jerry Smith in April for oral intercourse after matching up with somebody named “Angie” on Tinder, the Roanoke Times reported.

Etute then returned to the house on May 31 for an additional meet-up, at which level he found the individual he had matched up with this time was male, in accordance with Assistant Commonwealth’s lawyer Jason Morgan, citing particulars the now-suspended school linebacker advised police.

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Etute advised investigators he punched Smith 5 occasions within the face and “stomped” on him, however didn’t name police regardless of listening to “bubbling and gurgling” from the sufferer as he left the house. Cops discovered the badly crushed man’s physique at some point later, the newspaper reported.

The linebacker’s dad and mom and sister attended Wednesday’s listening to, in addition to a dozen Virginia Tech soccer gamers, most of whom had been sporting workforce gear, in accordance with the report.

An post-mortem revealed Smith, a restaurant employee, died from blunt power trauma to the top. All of the bones in his face had been damaged and his tooth had been additionally lacking, the Roanoke Times reported.

Etute, who’s charged with second-degree homicide, was arrested on June 2. His lawyer, Jimmy Turk, advised a choose the case was “more than someone just showing up to an apartment and punching someone.”

Turk later addressed reporters outdoors of courtroom.

“Nobody deserves to die, but I don’t mind saying, don’t pretend you are something that you are not,” Turk advised reporters outdoors the courtroom. “Don’t target or lure anyone under that perception. That’s just wrong.”

At one level throughout Wednesday’s bond listening to, Turk reportedly requested Etute – clad in an orange jail jumpsuit – how he had been impacted by the fees.

“Real hard,” Etute stated. “I’m trying to stay strong for the people that support me, I feel like I’ve let a lot of people down … I’m truly sorry for my actions.”

Etute was ordered launched on $75,000 secured bond underneath circumstances of home arrest and digital monitoring, the Roanoke Times reported, citing Commonwealth’s lawyer Mary Pettitt.

Etute, who will keep with his dad and mom in Virginia Beach, is due again in courtroom on Sept. 23, WJZY reported.

The linebacker’s team profile was not lively Thursday. He was suspended from the squad final week.

Relatives of Smith, in the meantime, reportedly declined to remark after the listening to.

This story was printed by the New York Post and reproduced with permission.

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