Izaia Bullock, a junior Rutgers University football player, has been arrested and charged in connection to a murder plot. Bullock, who was arrested on Tuesday, October 30, allegedly was planning to kill “the family members of an acquaintance,” police say.
According to the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office, an investigation conducted by the Rutgers University Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that Bullock initiated the murder plot on October 29, resulting in his arrest the following day.
He has been charged with two counts of attempted murder in the first degree and two counts of conspiracy to commit murder in the first degree.
Following Bullock’s arrest, the Middlesex County prosecutor’s office did not disclose any details about the alleged plot other than that the “intended victims” were not affiliated with Rutgers University.
via ABC News:
Rutgers dismissed Bullock from the team in the wake of the charges, and school officials said he could face disciplinary actions. He made his on-field debut a game against Buffalo in September — the first and only game in which he played.
Bullock previously attended Middlesex County College in Edison, New Jersey, about 25 miles southwest of Newark, where he wrote for the school’s newspaper, according to My Central Jersey, a local media outlet.
“He published several stories in the school newspaper, Quo Vadis, and regularly attended the newspaper meetings,” Melissa Edwards, a journalism professor at Middlesex County College, told the outlet. “He was also quite outgoing and always made constructive comments in class. He expressed that his dream was to play football.”
After his apprehension, Bullock was being held at a New Jersey jail pending an initial court appearance.
The Rutgers University Scarlet Knights football team is in the midst of a nightmare season, currently sitting with a record of 1-7, with games still to be played against Wisconsin, Michigan, Penn State, and Mighigan State.