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Ex-UNC football player faces murder charge

Posted March 5, 2012 8:03 a.m. EST
Updated March 6, 2012 11:15 a.m. EST

— A former University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill football player is accused of killing a Charlotte man during a fight Saturday night.

Police said that Kenan Wells Gay, 23, and Robert Edward Kingston III, 26, got into fight in Ed's Tavern on Park Road in Charlotte. The fight spilled outside, police said, and Kingston was pushed into the road and struck by a passing 2007 BMW 335i.

A medic pronounced Kingston dead at the scene.

Gay was charged with murder and denied bond. A Sanford native, he was a walk-on on the UNC football team in 2007, graduated in 2010 and is now a second-year student at the Charlotte School of Law.

Police said the BMW driver, who stopped and called 911, will not be charged.