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More Charges Made in Connection with Death of N.C. State Student

Posted November 22, 1998

— A dangerous mix of guns and alcohol has landed five N.C. State student-athletes in jail and left another student dead at the age of 21.

And late Monday afternoon, four more people were charged in connection with the incident. Three members of the N.C. State gymnastics team were charged with selling alcohol to minors at the party that was across the street from Davis' townhouse on Hunters Club Drive in Raleigh.

Rebecca Ann Geiger, 21; Jennifer Erin Sommer, 20; and Maggie Elaine Haney, 20; were charged with selling malt beverages to a person under 21 and selling malt beverages without a valid state permit.

Additionally, Christopher Green, 30, of Fayetteville was charged Monday with breaking and entering.

Raleigh Police are still trying to sort out what happened. Police confirmed that they were checking a report that a confrontation on the street - a party goer kicking Davis' dog - might have preceded the gunfire.

They do know that the Davis came out of his house about 2:30 a.m. Sunday, fired several shots at the house across the street where a party was being held, and ran back in his house.

One of the shots from the 9mm semiautomatic handgun dented the front door of the house at 4311 Hunters Club Drive. A ricocheting fragment hit wrestler George Cintron III, 19, in the left shoulder.

Detectives say three N.C. State football players, two wrestlers and one former wrestler broke into Davis's house, assaulted him, and in the confrontation, Davis's own gun went off, killing him.

Clyde Blunt, 20, a star N.C. State wrestler, is charged with involuntary manslaughter. The Modesto, Calif., native was released from jail after posting a $5,000 secured bond. A preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 14.

Four other N.C. State athletes and a former athlete face misdemeanor charges in connection with the shooting. Football playersHarold Jackson,20, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Willie Knite Wright, 19, of Greensboro, andDavid Paschal Stringer, 19, of North Brunswick, N.J., were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering and misdemeanor assault. Wrestler Michael Mordarski, 20, of Marietta, Ga., and former wrestler Daniel Scott Campenella, 21, of Coral Springs, Fla., were charged with misdemeanor breaking and entering. All of the athletes have been suspended from participation in athletic events.

A 911 call from Davis' roommate, Brian Armstrong, describes the chaotic scene.

"(They said) who's shooting a gun, who's shooting a gun. And I said, I don't know what you're talking about. I shut the door and locked it, and they started beating on it. Then they started running up the stairs, and then they started breaking stuff, and then they ran back out," said Armstrong to the 911 operator.

Blunt's family and attorney left the courthouse without a word. But Davis' Sigma Chi fraternity brothers have a lot to say about their good friend.

"Neil Davis holds a special place in my heart and, I know, in every Sigma Chi's heart," said fraternity brother Dallas Chapman.

"You could walk up to him, be in a bad mood and within minutes or seconds, he would cheer you up and put a smile on your face," said fraternity brother John Fields.

Davis' funeral service will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Highland Presbyterian Church in Fayetteville. Burial will follow the service in Lafayette Memorial Park on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville.

Visitation will be held Tuesday night from 7-9 p.m. at the Jernigan-Warren Funeral Home on Ramsey Street in Fayetteville.

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