Former Arkansas State college football player accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend

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A erstwhile assemblage shot player, erstwhile heralded for his excellence successful nan schoolroom and connected nan field, was arrested successful Utah and accused of murdering his pregnant woman successful Tennessee, officials said Thursday.

The U.S. Marshals Service took 27-year-old Blaise A. Taylor into custody aft a Nashville expansive assemblage indicted him connected 2 counts of murder, according to a Nashville constabulary statement.

Jade Benning died astatine Vanderbilt University Medical Center connected March 6, her 25th birthday, constabulary said. She'd been hospitalized since Feb. 25 erstwhile Taylor called 911, reporting that Benning was having an allergic reaction, constabulary said.

Homicide detectives, though, yet concluded that Taylor "poisoned Benning without her knowledge while visiting her Lebanon Pike flat on" Feb. 25, constabulary said.

Benning died, arsenic good arsenic her 5-month-old fetus "which Taylor is alleged to person fathered," according to nan constabulary statement. The fishy allegedly moved to Utah aft Benning's death.

Taylor played protect backmost and ran backmost kicks for 4 seasons astatine Arkansas State. He ran backmost 4 punts and 1 kickoff for touchdowns successful his assemblage profession that was marked by world excellence.

The National Football Foundation once honored Taylor arsenic a "National Scholar Athlete," having completed some his bachelor's and master's degrees successful little than 4 years.

It wasn't instantly clear connected Friday if Taylor had hired defense lawyer aliases if 1 had been assigned to correspond him.

David K. Li

David K. Li is simply a elder breaking news newsman for NBC News Digital.