An alleged fight over a video game between two rivaling high school basketball players left one teen dead and now the other charged with his murder.
Nearly two weeks after Troy Causey was left fatally beaten outside his Dallas home, police have arrested a teen whom Causey’s mother says her son once called his brother.
Jonathan Tramaine Turner, 19, was taken into custody Monday and charged with first-degree murder in connection to Causey’s March 24th death, NBC DFW reports.
Turner’s arrest follows an autopsy report that revealed the 18-year-old of Wilmer-Hutchins High School suffered a 4-inch skull fracture above his left ear, which was allegedly inconsistent to Turner’s story.
Turner, who attends and plays basketball for James Madison High, had reportedly maintained to police that Causey died after falling and hitting his head on the pavement during a physical fight they were having on the street.
But such an enormous injury could not have been sustained by Causey simply falling and hitting his head on the pavement, according to the medical examiner, who instead likened it to blunt force trauma.
Three witnesses interviewed by police additionally gave mismatched stories, NBC reported.
Their clashing details led authorities to suspect that they first collaborated in concocting a story before reporting Causey’s death.
In Causey’s mother’s eyes, that delayed act likely sealed the coffin on her injured son.
“If this were an accident, fine, OK, let’s deal with it. But now you have an accident that turned into a murder that turned into a cover up,” Tammy Simpson fumed to NBC. “I want everyone involved with the murder and the cover up, I want them prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”
Whether police will make any more arrests is yet to be seen, but it’s not off the table, according to officers.