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CA- Football playing sex offender found dead in SoCal

5-18-2009 California:

PASADENA, Calif.—A convicted sex offender and suspected killer who brought a coach's suspension when he was allowed to play on the Pasadena City College football team has been found dead of a gunshot wound to the head, authorities said Wednesday.

Darryl Stephens, 24, died May 18 at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, officials said. He was found a day earlier in an Upland apartment.

An autopsy had not determined if the gunshot wound was self-inflicted, San Bernardino County coroner's spokeswoman Sandy Fatland said Wednesday.

Authorities had been seeking Stephens as a suspect in the killing of Darron Henderson in an unincorporated area near San Bernardino on May 5, sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller said.

Henderson had been trying to stop a fight when Stephens shot him, Miller said.

"Homicide investigators learned that (Henderson) was intending to stop a disturbance, he was acting as a peacekeeper in a fight between two men," she said.

Pasadena City College coach Kenny Lawler remained on paid administrative leave eight months after he allowed Stephens to play on the team despite his being a registered sex offender who wore a government-issued GPS ankle bracelet.

The college released a statement at the time saying the school "does not condone the recruitment of players who have a record of sexual offenses."

Stephens had been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape, according to the Megan's Law Web site. ..Source.. by

CA- Pasadena football player found dead in apartment, was suspected of murder

5-19-2009 California:

A convicted sex offender who once played on Pasadena City College's football team while wearing a government-issued GPS ankle bracelet has been found dead in an Upland apartment and was suspected of a recent murder.

Authorities found Darryl Stephens, 24, in an Upland apartment Sunday suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

He died Monday at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton, according Deputy Coroner Andrew Avery of the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner Department. An autopsy is planned but has not been scheduled, Avery said.

Stephens was a suspect in the May 5 murder of Darron Henderson in an unincorporated area near San Bernardino on Third Avenue north of 41st Street, authorities said.

"Stephens was wanted for the murder of Henderson," said Jodi Miller, a spokeswoman for the Sheriff's Department.

Henderson, 30, of Rialto was trying to stop a fight between two parties when Larry Caldwell , a transient who once lived in Pasadena, pulled out a gun, according to sheriff's statement.

Stephens then took the gun from Caldwell and shot Henderson, according to the statement. Henderson died at the scene.

Caldwell was arrested Sunday in Rialto, according to a sheriff's statement.

Police are still investigating both the deaths of both men, said Jodi Miller of the sheriff's department.

Stephens made news in Pasadena in September when he was found to be playing on the Pasadena City College football team while wearing the bracelet. He had previously been convicted of assault with intent to commit rape in concert with another using force or fear.

The incident was first reported in the PCC Courier, the school's newspaper.

Pasadena City College placed its head football coach, Kenny Lawler, on paid administrative leave and launched an internal investigation into the incident.

Lawler was hired in 2006, becoming PCC's first African-American head football coach.

Prior to coming to PCC, Lawler was an assistant football coach at Mt. San Antonio College and at Boise State University. ..Source.. by Ben Baeder, Staff Writer

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