Dave Altimari of the HARTFORD COURANT reports today that two witnesses, including a player on the UConn football team, told police that “Jasper Howard took the first swing at the man accused of stabbing him to death.”
The fight began after two members of the team — Brian Parker, a redshirt freshman, and freshman A.J. Portee — “disrespected a girl,” according to the 21-page arrest warrant affidavit for John W. Lomax III, 21, who is charged with murder in Howard’s death.
Parker and Portee “made a comment” to the girl, and then “got into a shouting match” with Johnny Fitzgerald Hood, 21, of Hartford.
Police dispersed the crowd, but seven witnesses said they saw Lomax and Hakim Muhammad, 20 — both Bloomfield residents who came to the dance with Hood — go to Lomax’s car and return to the crowd carrying something or concealing something under their shirts, the warrant states.
After Howard reportedly took a swing at Lomax, Lomax stabbed him. One of the witnesses who reported Howard’s attempted punch was a member of the UConn football team.
Howard then shouted, “They got me! They got me!” and fell to the ground.
Howard’s teammate Parker was later stabbed in the back.
Unfortunate to find out that one of the Howard’s teammates said he saw him take a swing at the alleged murderer Lomax, but certainly doesn’t excuse Lomax’s actions, if true.