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Connecticut High School Football Captain Held for Murder of Male Lover: VIDEO


Terence Mitchell, the 18-year-old football team captain at Bloomfield High School in Connecticut is being held on $1 million dollar bond for the murder of his 27-year-old male lover Ronald Taylor Jr., WFSB reports:

Police said Mitchell stabbed Taylor five times with a steak knife, and left the utensil in Taylor's back before he managed to pull it out on his own and later dying from his injuries. At first, investigators said Mitchell lied and said the two were attacked by two unidentified black men wearing hoodies. Mitchell later confessed to the crime, according to documents.

...Court papers revealed Mitchell admitted to police that Taylor gave him pot and alcohol over the past two years, and that they had a sexual relationship, but when Mitchell tried to end it at the end of last year, "Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, including him being a Bloomfield gay football star," the court documents said.

Mitchell also told investigators that Taylor threatened to report the photo, that Taylor would have outbursts and get jealous when he texted girls, and earlier this week even threatened him with a sword.

On Thursday, court documents said Taylor texted Mitchell inviting himself over, then announcing it wasn't going to end well. Mitchell, police said, felt threatened and put a knife in his pants pocket so he could defend himself if Taylor did anything outrageous. The documents said that after Taylor hit him in the face, he stabbed him three times in Taylor's car before he started running and Mitchell chased him.

Watch WFSB's report, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. If the NFL showed more leadership in accepting gay players maybe teen football players wouldn't feel threatened if people found out they were gay and the dynamic that played out here would never have happened.
    Quit the aren't-we-wonderful United Way ads NFL and show that you really do give a damn about society.

    Posted by: woody | Nov 23, 2013 8:49:24 AM

  2. Was this murder caused by a fear of being outed? If so, was said fear created by football culture or race? I doubt it's regional. After all, it's not like this took place in Texas or Utah.

    Posted by: Michael | Nov 23, 2013 8:58:07 AM

  3. So why did you leave out that the "victim" was 27 and had been having sex with a 16 year old, giving him alcohol and drugs, then tried to blackmail him? That is all important to the story.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMS | Nov 23, 2013 8:58:14 AM

  4. Because age of consent is 16 in Connecticut and in regards to the drugs all we has is his side. Maybe he brought the weed? We won't know now cause he KILLED someone.

    Posted by: Jay M | Nov 23, 2013 9:28:19 AM

  5. When a white person claims that a crime he committed was actually done by a mysterious and imaginary black man, it's big BIG Lawrence f'in O'donnell and Rachel Maddow news and evidence of the evil of white people. So here we have a black guy claiming that two imaginary black guys killed his boyfriend.

    In other news, the black stripper who accused the white Duke boys of raping her (False accusation) has been convicted for manslaughter in the death of her "boyfriend". The Democratic prosecutor in that case, Mike Nifong was disbarred and financially ruined for his role in the case, as he should have been.

    Posted by: endorado | Nov 23, 2013 9:46:33 AM

  6. @ENDORADO, get a life - please. For the sake of your own happiness.

    Posted by: Reality | Nov 23, 2013 9:58:25 AM

  7. I think we can safely say their relationship was completely dysfunctional.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 23, 2013 10:05:35 AM

  8. Reality, what is your complaint?

    Posted by: endorado | Nov 23, 2013 10:09:18 AM

  9. I feel pretty certain the right wingers will seize upon the issue of Terrence Mitchell (aka "the child") being 16 at the start of this relationship.

    Fun fact to know and tell, Phil Robertson of the dullard favorite Duck Dynasty started dating his wife when she was 14 and he was 18, he married her when she was sixteen and he was 20. And of course there is our dear Loretta Lynn who married at 13 or 14. Apparently it's OK for minors to have sex with older men as long as it's heterosexual and as long as they have her parent's permission.

    Posted by: endorado | Nov 23, 2013 10:13:24 AM

  10. @ RAYJACKSONMS - go back and read the first paragraph once more.

    Posted by: Mike in the Tundra | Nov 23, 2013 11:15:17 AM

  11. Wow, I wish the WFSB reporter would learn how to write!

    Posted by: Seth | Nov 23, 2013 12:13:55 PM

  12. "Sports builds character." My ass, it does.

    Posted by: jomicur | Nov 23, 2013 1:03:18 PM

  13. If everything reported thus far is true, then a twisted 25 year-old man sought out and preyed upon a 16 year-old boy who he got drunk and stoned on a regular basis in order to coerce him into sex and then tried to blackmail and destroy him when his victim finally got away from him.

    It doesn't excuse the murder, but it sure does explain it.

    The lesson here is: don't be a sexual predator. And the disco-70s word "lover" in the title is not only retro-weird, it's highly, highly, highly inappropriate. A sexual predator is not his victim's "lover".

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Nov 23, 2013 2:54:34 PM

  14. Just a note for anyone checking out the details: His name seems to be "Tarence" with an "a" and his Facebook lists him as "Interested in: Women" and as having been at Bloomingfield High School in the past but having studied at Boston University since then.

    The most telling thing I see in this whole report is when the reporter says:

    "And now, court papers reveal shocking allegations, Mitchell admitting to police that Taylor gave him pot and alcohol over the past two years and that they'd had a sexual relationship. But when Mitchell tried to end it at the end of last year, quote: "Taylor posted a picture of him on Facebook that included a blog of bad things about him, like being a Bloomfield gay football player."

    Now, I don't know about any of you, but in my high school it would have been extremely naive for anyone to be "shocked" that someone close to graduation age at our school had received pot and alcohol from someone old enough to get into the liquor store.
    Is being a "Bloomfield gay football player" is described as "bad," though it is slightly unclear whether this is one of the "shocking allegations."
    Granted, when I listened the second time, I realized that the reported had used the word "quote" before mentioning this "bad" thing that was said about Tarance.
    If nothing else, it obviously points to the fact that internalized homophobia has a lot to do with why he became violent.
    Even if Tarance is straight or bi, there is little doubt he would not have lashed out (and it would not have been described in court papers as "bad things" if a photo of him on Facebook had been accompanied by a description of him as a "left-handed football captain" or a "6-foot-three-inch football captain."
    If people could get over the fact that "gay equals bad" and just correct the record. (example: "Actually, I'm bisexual" or just not care about the inaccuracy (or fact) of being referred to as gay, then lives would not be ruined this way.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 23, 2013 4:02:58 PM

  15. Totally, totally agree with GREGV regarding the internalized homophobia.

    Posted by: Jim | Nov 23, 2013 4:47:37 PM

  16. GregV, you are blaming the high school kid who was exploited and blackmailed? Nice. Please stay away from kids.

    Should being gay be as insignificant as being left-handed. Yes. Is it? No. That is precisely why the older guy posted about Terence's sexuality and not whether he was left or right handed. He knew that posting about his sexuality would threaten the stability of his social support network and possibly his security in his family and thus would cause the younger man distress and worry.

    That is what you are defending here, you vile creep. Stay the hell away from kids.

    Posted by: Pete | Nov 23, 2013 5:58:05 PM

  17. @Endorado - In Connecticut, there's no age discrimination on the marital front. As with straights, a gay 16- or 17-year old can get married, if they have one parent's (or guardian's) consent. Under that age, a probate judge needs to consent.

    Posted by: Lexis | Nov 23, 2013 6:47:24 PM

  18. Taylor texted it wasn't going to end well and he was correct.Grown Ass men leave 16 year old girls and boys alone.

    Posted by: Kelly | Nov 23, 2013 7:50:47 PM

  19. With a sword?

    Jesus. High School football is a lot more Game of Thrones today than it was when I was in High School.

    Posted by: FFS | Nov 23, 2013 7:51:39 PM

  20. It sounds from reports that this kids [to me, he's a 'kid'] BF / ex-BF, was stalking him, harassing him, and even threatened physical violence. This guy went to this kid's home to start trouble. He got his wish. I say self defense, possible manslaughter conviction.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Nov 23, 2013 7:53:25 PM

  21. @Pete: You seem to be restating what I just said as if I said something contrary. My whole point was that we need to create a better world where people react to the idea (true or not) that they are gay with the same nonchalance they would have if they were said to be left-handed, rather than with fear, depression or violence.
    Your implication that the comment makes me dangerous is absurd.

    Posted by: GregV | Nov 23, 2013 11:57:50 PM

  22. Its a terrible human tragedy. People should not try to spin it to suit their socio-political purposes.

    Posted by: andrew | Nov 24, 2013 12:12:13 AM

  23. @ENDORADO: Honey, please sit down and shut up. Thank you.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Nov 24, 2013 12:19:58 PM

  24. Another predatory gay guy preying upon the young and vulnerable. Reminds me of Harvey Milk.
    Sounds like he deserved what he got. Only problem is what they'll do to the victimized child.
    If I commit a crime against a gay and then confess to having had one or two gay affairs----will they remove the hate crime charge against me? How many contacts must I have before I am immune to the hate crime charge?
    Just askin'.

    Posted by: joe kennedy | Nov 24, 2013 12:37:21 PM

  25. Jamal , honey, iron my shirt

    Posted by: Rotundra | Nov 24, 2013 3:39:21 PM

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