Brett Deering
By SI Wire
July 15, 2014

West Virginia running back Wendell Smallwood, was arrested on Monday and has been charged with witness intimidation. The charges are in regards to a 2012 murder case. 

According to a report from the Delaware News Journal, Smallwood, 20, was trying to get a witness to recant their statements that would have implicated one of his friends in a fatal shooting that occurred back in April of 2012. Also according to the report, Smallwood committed this act on multiple occasions between 2012 and 2013. 

Because of the charges, Smallwood will be extradited back to the state of Delaware where he will face whatever consequences could be headed his way. 

Smallwood, a sophomore, was projected to be the the starting running back for the Mountaineers this fall when they take the field in their opening game against the Alabama Crimson Tide. As a freshman last season, Smallwood rushed for 221 yards on just 39 carries with a touchdown. He also started one game. 

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