PHOTO: CBS 3
There is a tragic update to the story of Tarence Mitchell, the 18-year-old Connecticut football star accused of fatally stabbing a 27-year-old man that he was sexually involved with. The family that was already dealing with the death of their son is now coping with another tragedy: A house fire and serious injuries.
One person has been "seriously injured" after a fast moving early-morning fire engulfed the home belonging to the mother of Ronald Taylor Jr, reports NBC Connecticut. Taylor was the 27-year-old man allegedly killed by the teen football star. No word yet who was who injured in the fire.
The captain of the Bloomfield High School football team says he was sexually manipulated and harassed since he was 16-years-old by Taylor—who allegedly threatened to tell Mitchell's Facebook friends and mother when the teen attempted to cut it off, according to court documents. Police said Mitchell has confessed to the crime—and said that he chased Taylor after a verbal argument and then stabbed him "five times with a steak knife."
"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," reported the Hartford Courant. "Police also report the victim was previously stabbed by another male teen in the summer of 2012 who is younger than Mitchell. Taylor said the teen [had] slept over at [his] house the night before."
Mitchell was released from jail in mid December after his family posted $1 million bond and remains on house arrest. Mitchell is charged with first degree murder. His defense attorney wants to plead the case down to manslaughter, reports Hartford's CBS 3.
You May Have Missed ...
Court Appearance for Connecticut HS Footballer
Football Player Accused in Stabbing Death Appears in Court
$1M Bond for CT HS Football Star Accused of Killing Lover
HS Football Player Accused of Murder Released on Bond