BLACKSBURG, Virginia – A Virginie Tech The first-year linebacker accused of beating a Tinder game to death has been released on bail.
Isi Etute was granted bail on Wednesday, media reported. Prosecutors initially filed a fast-track appeal that would have kept the 18-year-old from Virginia Beach in jail for up to five more days, but agreed to his release after both sides agreed on terms.
Etute, who is charged with second degree murder in the death of Jerry Smith, 40, was released on $ 75,000 bond under house arrest and electronic surveillance. He was ordered to stay with his parents and keep in touch with his lawyer.
Etute is suspended from the school and his football team during the investigation.
Etute said he visited Smith’s apartment in April after being matched with someone named “Angie” on Tinder, but upon his return on May 31, he found out his pen pal was a male, the reporters said. prosecutors at a hearing Wednesday, citing police statements.
Etute told police he hit and stomped on Smith and heard gurgling sounds as he left, but did not call the police. The medical examiner’s office previously revealed that Smith died of a blunt trauma to the head.