Suspect held on charge of first-degree murder

Originally Published: December 31, 2004
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- A man charged with killing a Vanderbilt football player turned himself in Friday, police said.

Rodney "Roscoe" Roman was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Kwane Doster, a running back with Vanderbilt, and two counts of attempted murder, Tampa police spokesman Joe Durkin said.

Roman was accompanied by his lawyer, Daniel Castillo, when he surrendered at the Hillsborough County jail, Durkin said.

My client is not the person they are looking for," Castillo told The Tampa Tribune. "They got the wrong guy."

Doster was shot to death Sunday after his friends got in a dispute with three other men about whose car was better, Durkin said.

Police said Roman, who is in his late 20s, fired the shot that killed Doster and was the driver of the car that pulled up alongside the vehicle Doster was riding in Sunday.

Roman's lawyer did not immediately return a message Friday seeking comment.

Doster was the first Vanderbilt player recognized as the Southeastern Conference Freshman of the Year in 2002 after setting a team record of 798 rushing yards.

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