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Ex-Virginia Tech player from Virginia Beach pleads not guilty in beating death

Football Player Murder Charge
Posted at 8:58 PM, May 19, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-19 20:58:21-04

BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — A former Virginia Tech football player from Virginia Beach accused of fatally beating a man he met on an online dating site and initially believed to be a woman has pleaded not guilty to a second-degree murder charge.

The Roanoke Times reports the arraignment of Isimemen David Etute was held Thursday in Montgomery County Circuit Court.

Etute, who attended Cox High School, is scheduled to face trial Wednesday, accused in the death of 40-year-old Jerry Smith.

Authorities said Etute visited Smith's apartment in April last year and returned that May to determine if the person with whom he matched on Tinder was male or female.

The medical examiner’s office said Smith died from blunt force trauma to the head.