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- Updated: July 15, 2014
Wendell Smallwood projected to be the starting running back for the West Virginia Mountaineers this season, but that won’t be happening. According to a report from the Delware News Journal, Smallwood was arrested in West Virginia on Monday and is being charged with witness intimidation in a murder case.
The arrest comes as an out-of-state fugitive for Smallwood who will be extradited to Delware. The murder case stems from a 2012 incident in which Smallwood’s friend, Zakee Lloyd (19 at the time) shot and killed 51-year old, Manuel Oliveras.
Since then, Cpl. Mark Ivey said Smallwood had been trying to make an eyewitness change their statements about the homicide.
On multiple occasions in March and May 2013, Ivey said, Smallwood “called to try to get a witness to come and make a false statement to police recanting previous statements” that implicated Lloyd.
Smallwood was entering his sophomore year this season, and as a freshman, he played in 12 games, starting in one, compiling 221 yards on 39 carries, and one touchdown. Smallwood also had 11 catches for 132 yards, and was the team’s leading kickoff returner with 30 returns for 541 yards.
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