Davonte’ Neal, an assistant coach on the Idaho State football team, has been charged with first-degree murder.
The Idaho State Journal reports that Neal was arrested on May 25 in connection with a murder that occurred in Arizona in 2017.
The university told the outlet that Neal has been placed on administrative leave, and that the football team plans to terminate his contract.
“I have been in constant contact with (ISU head coach Charlie Ragle) who has known Davonte’ for many years and never had any knowledge or suspicion of a possible crime of any kind,” ISU athletic director Pauline Thiros told the Journal.
“The news of Davonte’ Neal’s arrest and charges in Arizona was a great shock. Going forward, we will cooperate in every way possible, safeguard our program and culture, support each other and our students, and allow the legal process to work. The news is devastating and we hope for resolution for all involved.”
ISU president Kevin Satterlee added that “Idaho State takes all allegations involving our employees very seriously, and we are committed to the safety and well-being of our community. We are fully cooperating with law enforcement on their investigation.”
Source: ISU assistant football coach DaVonte’ Neal charged with first-degree murder in Arizona, arrested in Pocatello | Pocatello | idahostatejournal.com