Isimemen Etute, a former Virginia Tech football player fatally punched a guy he claimed he mistook for a lady from Tinder. However, he recently pleaded not guilty to a charge of second-degree murder.

According to CBS, Etute was acquitted at 6:30 p.m. Friday after three hours of jury proceedings on accusations connection with the death of Jerry Smith in 2021. Following the decision, Etute’s family made a statement saying they are “are relieved and thankful that God has helped guide us through this extremely hard and punishing journey.”

“It will take time to decompress and feel relief from this gut-wrenching, frightening experience in life. It has made us stronger and strengthened our faith. We will continue to include the Smith family in our prayers. Isi is extremely grateful for the jury’s hard work, deliberation, and verdict. Isi is now focused on picking up where he left off in his pursuit of a college degree and love for the game of football.”

Etute’s lawyer, Jimmy Turk, testified in court in June 2021 that his client met Smith for oral sex in April of that year, mistaking him for a woman named Angie whom he matched on Tinder. Etute apparently had no idea Smith was a male until they met on May 31st, when he punched him in the head five times.

Smith’s body was found in his apartment on June 1st, and a medical examiner determined that his death was caused by blunt force to the head due to his broken skull and missing teeth. Following the charge, Etute was terminated from the football team. Stay tuned to Thirsty for more updates.

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