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2 College Players Charged in Death

November 10, 1998

CHICO, Calif. (AP) _ Two college football players face murder charges in the beating death of a homeless man police say got into an argument with the players after one of them almost urinated on him as he slept.

Trevor McDonald Bird and Dereck Jonathan Phillips, both 19, of Butte College, were arraigned Monday in Oroville on murder charges in the death of Lloyd Brown, 47.

Neither defendant entered a plea. Superior Court Judge William Lamb continued the hearing until next Monday to give them time to get attorneys.

Police say Brown was beaten Thursday night in a Chico alley with a fence board and a 5-gallon water jug that weighed about 40 pounds. Brown died early Friday.

Police Lt. Tim Voris said Bird and Phillips had been drinking before the attack but had not reached the level of intoxication at which officers would have considered them to be drunk in public.

``From the information we are now hearing, the homeless guy was asleep in his sleeping bag in the bushes and one of these guys decided to relieve himself and almost hit this guy,″ Voris said. ``There were some words exchanged.″

Bird, a defensive lineman, suited up for several games last year as a freshman but was red-shirted this year, a move that preserves a full year of eligibility for a player. Phillips, an offensive lineman, was also red-shirted this year.

Butte College athletic director Mike Liddell said he was ``devastated for the kids, the man that got killed and the families.″

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