Rutgers football player charged in attempted double-murder plot

Rutgers football player charged in attempted double-murder plot

A linebacker on the Rutgers University football team was accused Tuesday of involvement in a plot to murder two members of a friend’s family, authorities said.

Izaia Bullock, 22, a junior at the university from Linden, faces two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree conspiracy to commit murder.

Bullock was dismissed from the Rutgers football team Tuesday, and the university said in a statement that he will face disciplinary proceedings. 

Rutgers coach Chris Ash, through a school spokesperson, declined comment after Tuesday’s practice.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and Rutgers Police Chief Kenneth Cop announced his arrest and the charges in a statement Tuesday evening.

They said the charges came after determining that on Monday, “Bullock initiated a plot to murder the family members of an acquaintance.”

The targets, who are not affiliated with Rutgers, were not injured, a prosecutor’s spokeswoman said.

Bullock joined the team in September 2017 through a walk-on tryout.

According to his player page on the university’s athletic website, Bullock played linebacker and running back at Linden High School, and played with the Gattaca Football Club.

Gattaca is a private junior college-like program that assists high school graduates in getting recruited by NCAA football programs. 

Bullock is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center before a first appearance in Superior Court in New Brunswick.

Anyone with information that can assist with the investigation can contrat Rutgers Detective Lauren Tredo at 848-932-8025 or prosecutor’s Detective Michael Connelly at 732-745-3254.

– Reporter Keith Sargeant contributed to this story 

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