A first-year linebacker for Virginie Tech is accused of beating a man to death for catching him with a cat and leaving him to die despite hearing his alleged victim “bubbling and gurgling”, according to reports.
Roanoke Times reported that David Etute has been charged with second degree murder. He obtained a deposit this Wednesday.
The newspaper reported that Etute allegedly admitted to police that he punched Jerry Paul Smith, 40, five times in the face and “stomped” on him after learning he was not a woman.
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.
The newspaper reported that Smith’s body was found the next day in an apartment.
Jimmy Turk, Etute’s lawyer, told the court the case was “more than someone who just shows up in an apartment and hits someone”.
The New York Post reported as Turk told reporters outside the courtroom: “No one deserves to die, but I don’t mind saying, don’t pretend you’re something you’re not. Don’t target or attract no one under that perception. This is just plain wrong. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report