Three Arrested in Shooting Death of Football Player

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Police have arrested three people and are searching for a fourth in their investigation of the shooting death of a Sul Ross State running back at a nightclub early Sunday.

Jermaine Swearington, 23, died at Midland Memorial Hospital
after he was shot multiple times in the body and the legs just
before 4 a.m. at the Pleasures Club, said Sgt. Lupe Bretado of the
Midland Police Department.

James Braziel, 21, Jessie Johnson Jr., 18, and Melvin Lenard,
18, each were charged with one count of murder and were being held
in the Midland County Jail on Monday night on $250,000 bond, said
Cassandra Flores, a clerk at the jail. Braziel also has four counts
of violating probation and faces an additional $2,000 in bonds on
two of them, while bond for the other two had not been set. Lenard
also faces additional unrelated charges, Flores said.

"After the incident occurred, some of the detectives
interviewed some witnesses," Bretado said. "Those are some of the
names the witnesses gave detectives. The detectives interviewed
them and warrants were obtained."

Bretado said authorities also were searching for a fourth
suspect.

A call by The Associated Press to an attorney for Lenard was not
immediately returned Monday night. Flores did not know whether the
others had attorneys.

Swearington was a star running back at Permian High School
before going to Sul Ross, the Odessa American reported Monday in
its online edition.

He rushed for 909 yards on 152 carries and scored 10 touchdowns
in his first season with the Lobos, making the American Southwest
All-Conference team.


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