Virginia Tech linebacker beat Tinder to death after finding out he was male: prosecutors

A Virginia Tech first-year linebacker charged with second degree murder beat his victim to death after discovering that the person he met on Tinder as “Angie” was male, the people said on Wednesday. prosecutors.

Montgomery County General District Court Judge Randal Duncan has set a guaranteed bond of $ 75,000 for Isimemen Etute, 18, of Virginia Beach, but he will remain in jail after prosecutors filed a fast-track appeal, media reported. Etute, who is accused of the death of Jerry Smith, 40, was due to be released to live with his family. His release is suspended for up to five days, but the appeal can be heard Thursday or Friday.

Commonwealth attorney Jason Morgan has spoken out against bail, revealing details of the case from Etute’s statements to police. 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 male, the reporters said. prosecutors, 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.

Etute’s mother Michelle testified that her son had never had any problems and was not at risk of running away. His attorney, Jimmy Turk, said his client graduated from high school early to start at Virginia Tech in January. Etute is suspended from the school and his football team during the investigation.

Smith’s family attended the hearing and a dozen soccer players, most of them in Virginia Tech gear, were there to support Etute.

Duncan acknowledged the seriousness of the allegations, but said there was no evidence Etute would not appear for trial or pose a danger to the community.

Etute has been charged with second degree murder.

Blacksburg Police Department

Etute has been charged with second degree murder.

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