Tempe Police Arrest Second Man in Killing of ASU Basketball Player’s Brother
Tempe Police have arrested a second man linked with the shooting death of an Arizona State University basketball player’s brother in late December.
The suspect, Corey Winston Jr., 25, has been arrested on Thursday in Phoenix in connection with the Dec. 29 shooting which claimed the life of 22-year-old Wanyaa Stewart, police said.
It should be noted that Stewart was the brother of ASU’s star forward Zylan Cheatham.
As per a probable cause statement from police, Winston is suspected of being at the scene when Stewart was shot and killed by Dantreil Griffin, 25, just after 7 p.m. at the Mobil gas station at Baseline Road and Mill Avenue in Tempe.
Griffin was arrested late last month and is now facing a first-degree murder charge in the case.
In the probable cause statement, police alleged Winston was driving the vehicle the two men fled in after the shooting, which occurred while Stewart was trying to put air into a flat tire, police said. Stewart’s girlfriend also was present when the shooting happened.
As per the document, police with the help of video surveillance cameras could later track the movement of Winston’s cell phone, to connect him to the crime.
However, Police statement said Winston denied involvement when interviewed by detectives.
He has been booked into Maricopa County Jail on charges of first-degree murder, misconduct involving a weapon and assisting in a criminal street gang.
Griffin, along with facing a first-degree murder charge, also is charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, misconduct involving weapons, unlawful discharge of a firearm, assisting a criminal street gang, endangerment and two counts of criminal damage.
As per Police, Griffin and Stewart had the previous enmity.
According to the probable cause statement, Police officials fear the fatal shooting might have involved gang activity on the part of the two suspects.