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NC State Athletes Charged in Death

November 23, 1998

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Three North Carolina State football players and two wrestlers were among six students arrested Sunday and charged in connection with the early-morning break-in and shooting death of another student.

Neil Vernon Davis, 21, was shot in his residence near campus about 2:30 a.m. EST. Davis, a junior from Fayetteville, died at 8:21 a.m. at Wake Medical Center in Raleigh, hospital spokeswoman Marilyn Eddinger said.

Raleigh Police Capt. Mike Longmire said Davis was shot with a 9-mm semiautomatic pistol after a struggle with six students who had been attending a party across the street.

Earlier, Davis had fired several shots out of his house, and a bullet fragment struck a wrestler at the party, Longmire said. Police said the six students who were arrested went to Davis’ home, entered the house illegally, and four of them attacked Davis. The gun was taken away from Davis, but the weapon discharged, hitting Davis, according to Longmire.

Football players Harold Jackson, Willie Knite Wright and David Paschal Stringer _ all redshirt freshmen _ were all charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault. Wright, 19, also was charged with larceny of a firearm while Jackson, 20, and Stringer, 19, also were charged with accessory to a felony.

Wrestler Clyde Williams Blunt, 20, was charged with involuntary manslaughter was charged with involuntary manslaughter because investigators believe it was his aggressive behavior that resulted in Davis’ death, Longmire said.

Michael Mordarski, 20, a wrestling team member, and Daniel Scott Campenella, 21, a N.C. State student and former wrestler, were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering, as was Blunt, 20.

The three football players secured bonds ranging from $1,000 to $2,500, Mordaski and Campenella were released on their own recognizance and Blunt was in the Wake County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

All five athletes are suspended from their steams until the situation is resolved, N.C. State athletics director Les Robinson said.

Jackson, a second-string fullback from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., scored a touchdown in Saturday’s 35-21 victory at Maryland. The other two football players have seen little or no playing time _ Wright is a wide receiver from Greensboro and Stringer is a wide receiver from North Brunswick, N.J.

Raleigh police said more charges may be brought.

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