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Rutgers Linebacker Charged in Double-Murder Plot

Izaia Bullock allegedly schemed to kill 2 relatives of acquaintance
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 31, 2018 10:10 AM CDT
Rutgers teammates huddle in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland on Oct. 13.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Izaia Bullock's dismissal Tuesday from the Rutgers University football team is surely the least of the linebacker's concerns. It came hours after the 22-year-old junior from Linden, NJ, was charged with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder, making him the ninth current or former Rutgers football player to be arrested since the summer, reports NJ.com. Police determined "Bullock initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance" on Monday, per a release. The two intended victims, unaffiliated with the university, were ultimately uninjured, a prosecutor's rep says.

Bullock graduated in 2014 from Linden High School, where he played linebacker and running back, per NJ.com. He then attended a private program meant to help recruit athletes to NCAA football programs before making the Rutgers team with a walk-on tryout in September 2017. ESPN reports the Scarlet Knight played at least one game this year but didn't register any statistics. His case follows the August arrests of eight other Rutgers football players charged in connection with alleged credit card fraud. While announcing his dismissal Tuesday, the university said Bullock would face disciplinary proceedings. (A nurse allegedly plotted to kill the wife of an unfaithful doctor.)

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