Derrick Fenner, 20, an Oxon Hill resident who was an All-Atlantic Coast Conference running back on the University of North Carolina football team last fall, was charged in a warrant yesterday with first degree murder in connection with a shooting in Hyattsville last month, Hyattsville police reported.
They said the warrant was issued in the shooting of Marcellus Leach, 19, who died May 24 after being shot the night before in the 2700 block of Nicholson Street.
In the shooting incident, police said, four persons entered the courtyard of the Kirkwood Apartments, shouted that they were going to take over drug trafficking there and began firing.
Police said six or seven rounds were fired from automatic weapons. An unidentified 17-year-old was reported wounded.
A police spokesman said the department had been in touch with Fenner. The spokesman said police expected Fenner to come to the city police station today with an attorney to surrender.
Fenner could not be reached last night. Persons answering the telephone at his home declined to comment.
Fenner, is 6-foot-4 , 220 pounds, and averaged 134 yards a game as a tailback for the North Carolina team late last season, while he was a sophomore.
North Carolina athletic director John Swafford said in a telephone interview last night that Fenner had been suspended from school last December for academic reasons and that Fenner did not attend school during the spring semester.
Swafford said that Fenner had enrolled in summer school a few weeks ago.
In addition to his ability as a ball-carrier, Fenner was also distinguished last season by his high-profile behavior and occasional clashes with the coaching staff.
A newpaper story during the season described Fenner as genuinely pleasant and aware that his behavior had caused some problems.
As a senior at Oxon Hill High School, he rushed for 1,500 yards on 139 carries and scored 20 touchdowns. He was an all Prince George's County and All-League selection and won three letters in both football and basketball.