West Virginia’s Wendell Smallwood arrested on witness-intimidation charge in murder case


Wendell Smallwood, shown here in August 2012 taking a handoff during a scrimmage with Eastern Christian Academy against Good Counsel (Mark Gail/The Washington Post)

West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood is being held in a West Virginia jail as he awaits extradition to Delaware on a witness-tampering charge involving a murder case, the Associated Press is reporting.

Wilmington Police Cpl. Mark Ivey told Delaware Online that “Smallwood tried to get a witness to recant statements implicating a friend of his charged with first-degree murder.”

Delaware Online has more about the case:

The fatal shooting occurred April 14, 2012, in the 2700 block of W. Fourth St. City resident Manuel Oliveras, 51, was fatally shot about 9 p.m. in the front courtyard of a row home near Greenhill Avenue and West Fourth Street.

Zakee Lloyd, then 19, of the 300 block of E. 24th St. in Wilmington, was arrested Jan. 8, 2013, charged with first-degree murder and is awaiting trial, Ivey said.

As a freshman last season, Smallwood averaged 5.7 yards on 39 carries, caught 11 passes for 132 yards and also served as the Mountaineers’ chief kickoff returner. According to WV MetroNews, Smallwood was “projected to be an essential component of West Virginia’s offense this fall.”

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