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All face second-degree murder charges

12/1/2003

HAYS, Kan. -- Prosecutors on Monday charged three Fort Hays
State University football players and a fourth man in the beating death of another student last month.

Charged with second-degree murder were football players Bradley
Deary, a 21-year-old junior from Smithville, Texas; Luis Llamas,
23, a senior from San Diego; and Christopher Ross, 19, a freshman
from Wylie, Texas.

Also charged by Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline and Ellis
County Attorney Tom Drees was Fort Hays student Jaime Lopez III,
23, a senior from Chula Vista, Calif.

All four are accused of killing Clint Johnson, 18, of Healy, Kan., a
freshman business major who was beaten in a Nov. 13 fight at an
apartment complex north of the campus. Johnson died two days later
at a Wichita hospital.

Deary, Llamas, Ross and Lopez were being held Monday in the
Ellis County Jail on $50,000 bond. If convicted, they face between
nine and 41 years in prison.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen Maxwell will prosecute the
case with Drees.

Llamas is a 6-foot-5, 245-pound linebacker who transferred to
Fort Hays State this year from Bowling Green State University in
Ohio. He was the third-leading tackler on the Fort Hays team, which
concluded its season Saturday.

Deary is a 6-1, 280-pound defensive lineman who had transferred
from Eastern Arizona Community College.

Ross is a 6-1, 180-pound wide receiver who was an all-state
performer at Wylie High School.