Football player accused of killing girlfriend asked pals to hide gun
A damning recording caught a Tennessee college football player trying to convince his pals to lie and help him ditch the gun he allegedly used to kill his cheerleader girlfriend, according to reports.
William Riley Gaul, 19, is on trial for first-degree murder this week in the November 2016 shooting death of 16-year-old Emma Jean Walker, the Knoxville News Sentinel reported.
“I’m trusting you guys with my life because this is 70 years in jail if I’m convicted of something I didn’t do,” Gaul reportedly said to friends in an undercover video recorded days after Walker was found dead in her bed.
The recording, which was revealed in court testimony Thursday, was reportedly made by his buddies at the request of investigators.
Prosecutors allege that the Maryville College football player killed his girlfriend because she broke up with him — then made a lengthy tribute professing his love to her on social media.
In the undercover video, Gaul told friends that he was too “worried” about being arrested to mourn the Central High School cheerleader’s death, according to the newspaper.
“I want to be upset but I can’t,” Gaul said.
Gaul’s lawyers argue that the teen fired shots through Walker’s bedroom wall but didn’t intend to kill her. They claimed he only wanted to scare Walker so he could play the part of hero.
He was arrested in November 2016 just as he was about to dump a bag of evidence, including the gun, in the Tennessee River, according to the newspaper.
The trial is set to continue Monday.
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