A star Connecticut high school football player is behind bars and is being held on $1 million bond after appearing on a murder charge on Friday.
Tarence Mitchell, the 18-year-old captain of the Bloomfield High School football team, is accused of fatally stabbing his 27-year-old boyfriend Ronald Taylor who apparently tried to blackmail him when he tried to end the relationship, reports WVIT-TV and the Associated Press. Mitchell initially lied to police and said that he and Taylor were attacked by two men. He later admitted his guilt and reportedly confessed.
Mitchell told police that the two had a sexual relationship and that Taylor gave him marijuana and alcohol over the last two years, according to court papers. When Mitchell tried to end their relationship at the end of last year, "[Ronald] 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 documents said.
On Thursday, Taylor told Mitchell he was coming over, and Mitchell stuck a knife in his pocket in case he needed to protect himself, the papers said. Mitchell said the attack began when Taylor struck him in the face; Mitchell then stabbed Taylor five times with the knife, which remained in Taylor's back until he pulled it out himself, the papers said.
The relationship reportedly began about two years ago. Taylor threatened to tell Mitchell's Facebook friends and the his mother when the teen attempted to cut it off, adds the Hartford Courant.
About three weeks ago, Taylor posted a picture of Mitchell on Facebook along with a post that contained insults about Mitchell, Mitchell told investigators. Among other things, it referred to Mitchell as a "Bloomfield gay football player," the report says. Taylor left the post online for up to five hours before deleting it, Mitchell told police. Then, about two weeks ago, the report says, Taylor told Mitchell he would put the picture back up on Facebook — and make sure Mitchell's mother saw it — if Mitchell continued to distance himself from Taylor.
Mitchell also said Taylor became enraged when he texted girls and threatened him with a sword last week, according to the court papers.
Seduced a 16-year-old high school kid with alcohol and marijuana and attempted to blackmail him? Threatened him with a sword? A teen who thought his only way out was by killing the man? This story is operatic and tragic on so many levels.
Tarence Mitchell is charged with murder and his next court date for Dec. 3. Watch WFSB's report AFTER THE JUMP ...