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Arrests in Fatal Stabbing of High School Football Player

Monday - 1/23/2006, 5:30am  ET

SPOTSYLVANIA, Va. - Five students from James Monroe High School were arrested Sunday in connection with the fatal stabbing of a football player from a rival school.

Spotsylvania County Sheriff Howard Smith did not identify those arrested in the slaying of Courtland High School football player Baron P. Braswell II, 16, on Friday night, but Smith said the charges include conspiracy to commit murder, conspiracy to commit malicious wounding by mob violence and participating in a street gang.

The stabbing did not appear to be related to athletics, Smith said.

The suspects - three 15-year-olds, a 16-year-old and a 17-year-old - are being held in the Rappahannock Juvenile Detention Center, Smith said.

Braswell, a junior, was found stabbed in the chest in the parking lot of a Howard Johnson's on Friday night at about 11:30. Police said the hotel off Route One had been the site of a party and as many as 100 guests were thought to be in attendance.

A sheriff's deputy in the area answering another call responded to the parking lot within 30 seconds of receiving the call, Smith said. The deputy and another officer administered CPR to Braswell, but he died after being taken to a hospital.

Several cars left after the incident, Smith said, and the sheriff's office used surveillence tape from patrol cars that were in the area to identify those fleeing.

He said the investigation is continuing and more arrests are expected.

(Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)