A former football star and tri-captain from Bloomfield was in a courtroom Friday morning after being accused of stabbing and killing his friend.
Tarence Mitchell, who is known as TJ, remains under house arrest, after police said he stabbed 27-year-old Ronald Taylor Jr. five times with a steak knife. Police said Mitchell chased him down after a verbal argument and then stabbed him.
According to court documents, Mitchell and Taylor had some sort of sexual relationship, and it began two years ago, when Taylor reportedly gave the teen pot and marijuana. But when Mitchell tried to break things off, according to court papers, things turned deadly.
In the past Mitchell's family has stated he was being harassed, threatened and intimidated by Taylor.
"We're doing our own investigation and developing many leads," said Mitchell's attorney Morgan Rueckert.
Mitchell has confessed to the fatal stabbing, according to police.
As he entered the courtroom Friday, Mitchell had no comment for Eyewitness News. The victim's family also had no comment for Eyewitness News. Police said they had nothing new to report on Friday.
Mitchell will be back in court Feb. 7. He's working toward completing his high school requirements.
The judge granted the victim's family's request to return his car, where the deadly fight began to Taylor's mother.
Outside court, Rueckert commented about the possibility of trying to plead the case down to manslaughter.
"This type of case, it's much too early for those kind of discussions without having the discovery, and the autopsy, police reports," Rueckert said.
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