Jasper Howard ‘Took Swing’ At Murder Suspect

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.”

John Lomax Jasper Howard

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.

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Man Accused Of Killing Jasper Howard Arrested

The HARTFORD COURANT has news today that 21-year-old John Lomax has been charged in the stabbing death of Jasper Howard. Lomax, who is not a UConn student, is being held on $2M bail.

John Lomax Jasper Howard

(Murder suspect John Lomax on left)

Police also arrested 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad and charged him with conspiracy to commit first-degree assault. A third man, Jamal Todd, 21, has been charged with falsely reporting an incident and reckless endangerment “for pulling the fire alarm that preceded the altercation during which Howard was stabbed.”

Lomax’s attorney Deron Freeman, said, “I’m surprised, because my information is that my client had nothing whatsoever to do with the stabbing. … State police believe he knows more than he’s telling.Read more…

2nd UConn Football Player Stabbed With Howard

A UConn football player has been identified as the second victim in Sunday morning’s fatal stabbing of Jasper Howard at the University of Connecticut.

Brian Parker 2nd UConn football player stabbed with Jasper Howard

(Brian Parker, Jasper Howard)

The ASSOCIATED PRESS reports “Brian Parker, a 19-year-old sophomore wide receiver from Sarasota, Fla., sustained minor injuries in the attack that killed teammate Jasper Howard outside a university-sponsored dance.” Read more…

Arrest Made In Killing Of UConn Football Player

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports this afternoon that a Hartford man has been arrested but not yet charged in the death of UConn football player Jasper Howard.

Jasper Howard Death Suspect Arrested

(UConn Coach Randy Edsall, UConn player Desi Cullen, Howard)

Johnny Hood, 21, is being held on $100,000 bond in connection with the early Sunday morning stabbing outside a school dance at the Storrs campus. Cops said Hood was charged with interfering with an officer and breach of peace, but he has not been charged in the stabbing.

Witnesses fingered Hood as being involved in the altercation outside the UConn Student Union on early Sunday morning.  It’s not yet known if he’s a student at the school. Read more…

Video: Police Give Details On Jasper Howard Death

UConn Police Major Ronald Blicher gave a press conference today in Storrs. He provided some details of the ongoing investigation into the death of Jasper Howard: Here are some of his comments from the Q&A portion of the presser:

Jasper Howard Murdered In UConn Campus Stabbing

“It happened in front of witnesses … We have been interviewing people throughout the night and day (that saw the stabbing). … Second victim is a UConn student. … There’s no indication that act was pre-meditated. We have no reason to believe that he (suspect) is a danger to our community. (The stabbing was) subsequent to an altercation that occurred. This was not a random act of violence.”

A fire alarm was pulled before the killings, but Blicher said he didn’t believe it was a pre-meditated part of the crime. The stabbings happened in close proximity, but exact distance between stabbings is not known. Blicher said it was the first homicide in recent memory (on Storrs campus): “I do not recall one in the last 30 years.”

Video of his press conference after the jump. Read more…

UConn Football Player Killed In Campus Stabbing

The HARTFORD COURANT reports this morning that starting UConn cornerback Jasper Howard “died today after an on-campus stabbing.”

Jasper Howard Murdered In UConn Campus Stabbing

(UConn has posted alert on school’s website)

According to multiple sources, Howard, 20, was reportedly was stabbed near the student union. State Police major crime unit and UConn police say the stabbing happened just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday on Hillside Road near the center of campus. Police said two people were stabbed and were found near each other on Hillside Road. Read more…