JoAnglia Howard, Jasmine Howard
JoAnglia Howard, Jasper Howard's mother, and her daughter, Jasmine Howard, listen to prayers during funeral services for the UConn football player. (MICHAEL MCANDREWS, HARTFORD COURANT /October 26, 2009)
STORRS, Conn. (AP)—
Police have charged a Connecticut man with
the murder of a University of Connecticut football
player outside a
school-sanctioned dance, but his defense attorney says he was just
trying to break up a fight.
Two others also were charged in the fight that led to the
stabbing death of 20-year-old Jasper Howard, of Miami.
Police say 21-year-old John William Lomax III is charged with
murder and conspiracy to commit assault.
Police say they also charged 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad, of
Bloomfield, with conspiracy to commit assault, and 21-year-old
Jamal Todd with pulling a fire alarm that emptied the Oct. 18
dance, triggering the fight.
Lomax's attorney says his client wasn't present when the
argument started, but tried to break up the fight.
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