3 More Charged in NC State Killing
Nov. 24, 1998
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) _ Three female college gymnasts were charged with alcohol violations Monday in connection with a party that resulted in the death of a student.
That brought the total number of North Carolina State students charged in the case to nine. Except for one student, all are athletes at the school, including football players and wrestlers.
Among the three reserve football players charged Sunday was David Stringer, son of Rutgers women's basketball coach C. Vivian Stringer. His cousin, Korey Stringer, plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
The charges were filed after Neil Davis Jr., a 21-year-old junior from Fayetteville, was shot with his own gun during a struggle with wrestler Clyde Blunt, 20, of Modesto, Calif., early Sunday, police said. Blunt, the defending ACC heavyweight champion, was charged with involuntary manslaughter.
The gymnasts, Rebecca Ann Geiger, 21, Jennifer Erin Sommer, 20, and Maggie Elaine Haney, 20, were charged with selling malt beverages to a person under 21 and selling malt beverages without a valid state permit. Their house was the scene of the party Davis targeted with gunshots, police said.
Investigators said Davis fired several shots from a 9 mm pistol in the direction of a nearby noisy house party. A bullet fragment nicked wrestler George Cintron in the shoulder, but he didn't require treatment.
Davis was shot in the stomach during a struggle with Blunt, who went to Davis' house with five other athletes after the shots were fired, Raleigh police Capt. Michael Longmire said.
Longmire said the gun was in Davis' possession when the shot was fired about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Davis died about six hours later.
Police on Monday also charged Christopher Fay Green, 30, of Fayetteville, with misdemeanor breaking and entering into Davis' townhouse with the athletes. Green is not an NCSU student, Longmire said.
The football players were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault. They were identified as Harold Jackson, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Willie Wright, 19, of Greensboro; and Stringer, 19, of North Brunswick, N.J.
Michael Mordarski, a 20-year-old wrestler from Marietta, Ga., was charged with breaking and entering, as was former wrestler Daniel Campenella, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla.
Mordarski and Campenella were released on their own recognizance Sunday night. The three football players secured bonds ranging from $1,000 to $2,500.
Blunt was released Monday on a $5,000 bond.
The wrestlers and football players were suspended.
The athletic department said wrestling coach Bob Guzzo had no comment, but football coach Mike O'Cain said:
``I'm sick to my stomach. ... I'm disappointed frankly that our guys wouldn't make a better decision than the one they did. Obviously, it was something that could have very easily been avoided, but they chose not to.''