UNION, S.C. (AP) -A football player at a small North Carolina university and his wife were charged with murder in the stabbing death of his ex-girlfriend, a high school cheerleader in South Carolina.
Pernell Clayton Thompson, 20, and Yolanda Dee Thompson, 19, were being held Monday at the Union County jail, accused of killing 16-year-old Marisha Jeter, police said.
Jeter was reported missing Thursday night and her body was discovered under a bridge two days later. Her car was found torched in another county.
Jeter was the junior class president, a cheerleader and honor roll student at Union County High School.
Pernell Thompson, a junior at Wingate University, was placed on interim suspension Monday, school spokeswoman Jennifer Gaskins said.
Police said Thompson's wife did not like him maintaining contact with Jeter. The Thompsons were married in the summer and have a child together.
It was unclear whether the Thompsons had an attorney. A bail hearing has not been scheduled yet.
Jeter's body was discovered by an art student who was taking photographs at the bridge in Lockhart, which is about 10 miles northeast of the rural Union.
Cell phone text messages showed Jeter agreed Thursday night to meet Pernell Thompson behind a YMCA, where the couple were waiting, police said.
Wingate is a private liberal arts college with about 2,000 students located just across the North Carolina border. Thompson had 22 catches for 286 yards and three touchdowns last season.
``Everyone's in shock at this point,'' Wingate football coach Joe Reich said in a statement. ``Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of the victim.''
Jeter's brother told The Associated Press on Monday that his sister was a kind person who loved to sing.
``Her voice would bring tears to your eyes,'' T.J. Jeter said. ``She started singing when she was 3 years old, and I would take her to places with me and let her sing.''
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