Three arrested in stabbing of Connecticut player Jasper Howard
by Dallas Johnson
A 21-year-old man was arrested in connection with the murder of Jasper Howard, a University of Connecticut football player, earlier this month, CNN reported.
John Lomax III and two others was arrested Tuesday on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit murder, Maj. Ron Blicher of the UConn Police Department said.
Lomax had his bail set at $2 million. Hakim Muhammad, 20, is also facing felony charges. His bail was set at $750,000.
The third person arrested was Jamal Todd, 21. He was released on a $5,000 bond, police said. He faces charges of falsely reporting and incident to police and a misdemeanor charge of reckless endagerment.
Jasper Howard, 20, was stabbed Oct. 18 during a fight after a school dance. He later died at a Hartford hospital.
the fight started after Todd pulled a fire alarm, causing more than 300 people to exit the building on the Connecticut campus in Storrs,. The fight broke out on the way out of the building, police said. Howard and another football player, Brian Parket, were stabbed in the fight.
Parker was treated and released from the hospital the next day.
The Huskies had their first home game after the incident Saturday. Fans lined the street, in shirts with Howard's number six on them, to shake the hands of the football players on the way to the stadium, ESPN reported.
Players wore a sticker with Howard's initials during the game. Connecticut's opponent, Rutgers, showed support by putting Howard's number on the back of their helmets.
Connecticut lost the game 28-24.
Lomax and Muhammad will have their first court appearances Wednesday. Todd is scheduled for Nov. 10.