Attempted Murder Charged to College Football Recruit
21-year-old Brandon Smith from Santa Barbara, California was arrested together with three individuals last June 7. They are charged with conspiracy, robbery, and attempted murder, the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred on June 2, when authorities responded to a report of a fight near a community pool in a condo complex. Upon arrival, deputies discovered a 20-year-old man with serious injuries but no suspects at the scene. The victim was immediately rushed to a local hospital and is expected to survive.
After further investigation, Smith, along with Jordan Alexander Lopez, Michael Christian Lee, and Jude Issam Hallal, were arrested in connection with the incident. Smith, Lopez, and Hallal pleaded not guilty, while Lee’s plea has yet to be entered. All four are currently being held on a $2 million bond.
The sheriff’s office has revealed that this was not a random attack, as the suspects and the victim are known to each other. The investigation is still ongoing, and authorities are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Attempted Murder Charged
Smith, a talented junior running back at Santa Barbara City College, had announced his commitment to Oregon State just hours before the alleged fight took place. However, the university has since stated that Smith will not be joining their team, despite his previous intentions.
Police urge anyone with further information to contact authorities to improve the case. You can contact Sheriff’s detectives at (805)681-4150 or you can call the tip line at (805)681-4171 or visit SBSheriff.org online