On Monday, West Virginia sophomore running back Wendell Smallwood was arrested in Morgantown, and transported to North Central Regional Jail. At the time of the arrest, it was unclear has to the reasoning behind it. Today, WVU Police Department Chief Bob Roberts released a statement regarding Smallwood's arrest.
"Smallwood tried to get a witness to recant statements implicating a friend of his charged with first-degree murder."
The incident allegedly occurred in April of 2012. Smallwood has had an outstanding warrant regarding the incident. He is being charged with witness intimidation in the state of Delaware.
Smallwood entered the season as the second leading rusher returning from last year's Mountaineer team. Smallwood rushed for 221 yards last year, second only to Dreamius Smith's 493 yards. Smallwood was expected to compete for time with Smith, and new WVU RB transfer Rushel Shell.
UPDATE: Smallwood's charge is a Class D felony, punishable by up to 8 years in prison for "act of intimidation." Smallwood's charge is the less severe of the two intimidation felonies.
We have an explanation: Del. SAGO retraces steps, says Smallwood to be charged with Class G felony punishable by up to two years in prison.— Mike Casazza (@mikecasazza) July 15, 2014
Stay tuned...we'll do our best to keep you posted.