Ex-Va Tech Football Player Isimemen Etute Acquitted of Beating to Death Man Who Pretended to Be Female on Tinder – BlackSportsOnline
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Ex-Va Tech Football Player Isimemen Etute Acquitted of Beating to Death Man Who Pretended to Be Female on Tinder

No one deserves to be beaten to death.

With that being said you should never lie about your gender on a dating app. You are putting your life in danger when you do that.

Former player Isimemen Etute, 19, was found not guilty of a charge of second-degree murder in the 2021 death of Jerry Smith, 40, of Blacksburg. The jury deliberated for approximately three hours before returning its verdict around 6:30 p.m., The Roanoke Times reported.

Prosecutors had earlier told the jury that Etute, then 18, became enraged and fatally beat Smith when he discovered Smith was a man. One of the prosecutors said at closing arguments Friday that Etute gave different versions of events to police and the jury, and that the charge may have been enough for him to change his testimony.

Turk also argued that police didn’t ask Etute essential questions about Smith’s knife or Etute’s fear while in the apartment, two questions whose answers could have shown whether Etute was afraid for his life and acting in self-defense.

In taking the stand earlier in the week, Etute had testified that he felt “violated” when he discovered that the Tinder match he believed to be a woman was actually a man.

In his testimony Thursday, Etute had testified that Smith reached for what Etute thought was a gun. Smith did not own a gun, but police reported finding a knife between the man’s mattress and box spring.

Etute said he punched Smith five times and kicked him to gain time to escape the apartment.

Etute had oral relations in the dark with the man he thought was a woman, he said he went back to verify it was a man or woman.

Prosecutors say Etute told the cops he had matched with a person named “Angie” on Tinder believing she was a woman — and had met up with her for oral sex on April 10.

Officials say Etute then told cops he and “Angie” set up another date on May 31, but when he discovered there that she was actually a man — the football player attacked.

Prosecutors say Etute told cops he punched the victim several times in the face and also stomped on him.

Prosecutors say Etute added that he did not call cops after the attack, despite hearing “bubbling and gurgling” as he left the apartment.

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