Lawyer Expects Plea Offer in Howard Stasbbing Death

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lomax Lawyer Expects Plea Offer in Howard Stasbbing DeathHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) _ The lawyer for the man accused of fatally stabbing University of Connecticut football player Jasper Howard says he expects to hear a plea offer from the state.

Deron Freeman also plans to file his speedy-trial motion for John Lomax III in Rockville Superior Court on Monday.

Lomax, of Bloomfield, is accused of killing Howard, a 20-year-old cornerback from Miami, last Oct. 18 during an on-campus fight between a group of football players and a group that included Lomax.

Freeman says Lomax maintains his innocence, and will reject any offer that has him pleading guilty to causing Howard’s death.

According to an arrest affidavit, there are several witnesses who identified Lomax as the man who stabbed Howard. Freeman said there are others who dispute that.

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