Suspect in slaying surrenders to deputies

first_imgLANCASTER – A college football player wanted on a first-degree murder charge surrendered Tuesday afternoon to sheriff’s deputies. James Wilson, 20, is accused in the June 2 shooting death of Kevin Smoot, 29, of Lancaster, sheriff’s homicide Detective Steve Rubino said Wednesday. The shooting was precipitated by an argument between Smoot and his girlfriend, who was Wilson’s aunt, Rubino said. Wilson went to the apartment the couple shared in the 44000 block of 16th Street East hoping to help his aunt in the dispute, Rubino said. “He went there to make peace, but it didn’t turn out that way,” Rubino said. Wilson turned himself in at the Lancaster’s sheriff’s station at about noon, Rubino said. Wilson is from the San Diego area, but was visiting relatives in the Antelope Valley. He was projected to be a senior starting defensive back at Division I-AA power University of Montana (Missoula) later this year, the school’s Web site said. [email protected] (661) 267-7802160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more