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A man has been charged with the murder of 20-year-old University of Connecticut football star, Jasper Howard.

Police formally charged 21-year-old John William Lomax III with murder. His bond has been set at $2 million. Police also charged 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad with conspiracy to commit assault and 21-year-old Jamal Todd with pulling a fire alarm that ultimately led to a fight.

Lomax’s attorney, Deron Freeman, is adamant about his client’s innocence and claims Lomax was just trying to break up the fight.

“Lomax, who is not a UConn student and lives 30 miles from campus, wasn’t present when the argument started and doesn’t know what it was about, but tried to break up the fight.”


Jasper “Jazz” Howard was fatally stabbed outside a school dance just hours after the school’s homecoming football game on October 18.

Howard’s funeral was Monday. All of his teammates were in attendance.

So sad, does the violence ever stop?