College Football Players Charged In Homeless Man's Murder FWD

Tom Boland (
Tue, 10 Nov 1998 12:36:46 -0400
FWD  Associated Press - Tuesday, November 10, 1998


CHICO, Calif. (AP) -- Two college football players have been charged with
beating a homeless man to death following an argument that began when one
of the players almost urinated on him as he slept.

Trevor Bird and Dereck Phillips, both 19-year-old players at Butte College,
were arraigned Monday in Oroville on murder charges in the death of Lloyd
Brown, 47. Neither entered a plea.

Police say Brown was beaten Thursday night in a Chico alley with a board
and a 5-gallon water jug that weighed about 40 pounds. He died early

Police Lt. Tim Voris said the players had been drinking before the attack
but had not reached the level of intoxication at which officers would have
considered them to be drunk in public.

``From the information we are now hearing, the homeless guy was asleep in
his sleeping bag in the bushes and one of these guys decided to relieve
himself and almost hit this guy,'' Voris said. ``There were some words

Bird, a defensive lineman, suited up for several games last year as a
freshman but was red-shirted this year, a move that preserves a full year
of eligibility for a player. Phillips, an offensive lineman, was also
red-shirted this year.

Butte College athletic director Mike Liddell said he was ``devastated for
the kids, the man that got killed and the families.''

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