Former Bobby Knight Player at Texas Tech Decensae White, Extradited for Murder



According to a story via the Sports Grid, former Texas Tech player Decensae White, has been extradited to Georgia to face charges for being involved in a plot that resulted in the murder of a rapper during a drive-by shooting.

White, went to Serra High School, which is the same private Catholic school that Tom Brady and Barry Bonds attended, and had a stellar basketball career which resulted in him being recruited by Bobby Knight at Texas Tech.

After a year of clashing with Knight at Tech, White, who was Michael Crabtree’s college roommate, transferred to Santa Clara for the 2008-09 season before quitting basketball for three years.

The Mercury News has the gruesome details of the murder which involved Russian mobsters.

Decensae White, 25, is due in court May 31 and was being held in Fulton County jail Friday, Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

White and four others, including a Russian mobster, are charged in the July 7, 2012, slaying of Melvin Vernell III, who rapped under the name Lil Phat, according to the Fulton County District Attorney’s Office. Vernell, 19, was gunned down by two men at a hospital in Sandy Springs, which is about an hour north of Atlanta, as his girlfriend was preparing to give birth.

Prosecutors believe the suspects were “business associates” and conspired to hire hitmen to kill Vernell. They were allegedly motivated by drugs and other business dealings.

It wasn’t clear what role prosecutors believe White played in the slaying. Neither Sandy Springs police or White’s family responded to requests for comment Friday.