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NCSU Wrestler Charged with Killing Fellow Student

Posted November 22, 1998 6:00 a.m. EST

— A bond hearing is scheduled for this afternoon for six North Carolina State students involved in the death of another. All face various charges in the death of Neil V. Davis, Jr, 21, of Fayetteville.

Davis was shot with his own gun about 2:30 a.m. Sunday during a struggle with wrestler Clyde Williams Blunt, 20, of Modesto, Calif., Capt. Michael Longmire of the Raleigh Police Department said today. Blunt has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Police investigators say Davis had come out of his apartment and fired shots in the air as a noisy party was under way across the street. A party-goer was grazed by a bullet, and six of the partiers went over to Davis' apartment, where the struggle ensued.

Davis was shot in the stomach with his own 9mm semiautomatic pistol, Longmire said, and died about six hours later at WakeMed, said Marilyn Eddinger, a hospital spokeswoman.

Since the shooting, the NCSU chapter of Sigma Chi has been dealing with Davis' death. He was a fraternity brother.

Dallas Chapman, also a Sigma Chi, said it amazed him how much more respect he has for life itself after seeing how quickly it can be taken away.

John Fields, a fraternity brother and former roommate, was with Davis when he died at the hospital. "We had a few talks and, when it came down to it, we knew we would be there for each other. And I think the most important time for me to be there for him was right there beside him," Fields said.

Longmire said investigators aren't sure why Davis fired shots in the direction of a house where a party was being held.

``We'll never know,'' Longmire said. ``...The one person who could tell us is dead.''

Longmire said the ricochet bullet nicked another wrestler, George Meshech Cintron, in the shoulder, whereupon the six others went to Davis' house and entered illegally.

Four other N.C. State athletes and a former athlete also face misdemeanor charges. Football players Harold Jackson, 20, of Wilkes-Barre, Pa.; Willie Knite Wright, 19, of Greensboro, and David 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.

The six students who were charged had been attending a party at a house a few doors from Davis' home, less than 2 miles from the university campus.

``There were a bunch of drunk people pouring out of that house,'' a neighbor said.

Blunt was the defending Atlantic Coast Conference heavyweight champion and one win short of earning All-American status last year.

Mordaski and Campenella were released on their own recognizance Sunday evening. The three football players had secured bonds ranging from $1,000 to $2,500. Blunt was in the Wake County Jail on a $5,000 bond.

All five athletes have been suspended from their respective teams, said N.C. State athletic director Les Robinson.

``We certainly regret what has happened and our hearts go out to the student's family,'' Robinson said.