Former Rutgers Football Player Facing Murder, Drug Charges

L.J. Liston Credits:

FLINT, Mich. — When the linebacker Lester “L.J.” Liston was dismissed from Rutgers' football team in March 2015, he told that he was about to become a father, arguing against the official account. Because of that, Liston said, he wanted to play ball for a school closer to home, in Flint, Michigan.

But Liston's dismissal also came after a sophomore football season “spent in the doghouse,” the newspaper wrote at that time.

Now he could end up behind bars.

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Michigan's Genesee County Prosecutor's Office has charged Liston, 22, with first-degree murder, felony firearm, possession with intent to deliver fewer than 50 grams of cocaine and careless discharge of a firearm resulting in injury or death, according to a report from Authorities alleged that Liston committed a “revenge killing.”

Liston allegedly shot and killed Larry James Dunn on July 30 in Flint, a city that has consistently been ranked among the country's most dangerous cities. Prosecutors claimed that the slaying was linked to an earlier murder.

The 44-year-old victim was found close to midnight, “suffering from multiple gunshot wounds,” according to the report.

A 30-year-old woman, meanwhile, also sustained injuries in the shooting, according to the story.

Liston, who is being held without bail, appeared in court last Friday, Aug. 4, according to the report. He is due back next week.

Liston started once, in 2014, as a linebacker for the Scarlet Knights, according to

But he made gloomier headlines for failing a conditioning test, botching study hall requirements and fighting with his coach. Some of those incidents led to punishments, such as missed practices and a one-game suspension, according to reports.

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