Last week, we noted that Nickey Van Exel, the 20 year-old son of former NBA All-Star and current Atlanta Hawks coach Nick Van Exel, reportedly confessed to killing his Texas neighbor, Bradley Bassey Eyo, and was charged with capital murder. Plenty of twists and turns were sure to follow, but they've come even more quickly and bizarrely than we might have expected.
First, the Dallas Morning News reports that new details have emerged in the case. Van Exel not only shot his neighbor, he did so with a shotgun in the middle of the night, and he then dumped the body in a nearby lake.
At about 1 a.m. Sunday, Eyo went across the street to visit Van Exel at his home in the 6900 block of George Brown Drive in Garland. Documents say that Van Exel aimed his parents' shotgun at his friend's chest and fired.
Van Exel wrapped Eyo's body, dragged it downstairs into the garage and loaded it in the back of a 2001 Chevy SUV, detectives wrote in an arrest affidavit.Despite the odd timing of the incident, the moving of the body and the disappearance of valuables, Van Exel's lawyer calls the incident "horseplay," which, of course, isn't sitting well with the victim's father, Oyo Eyo.
About 8:30 that same morning, a man called police to report a body near the park on Barnes Bridge Road in Dallas. The affidavit stated that Eyo's body was missing a pair of Nike Air Jordan shoes, two cellphones and jewelry.
"If it was accidental, he wouldn't have gone to dump his body at the lake. He could've called 911," Oyo Eyo said. "I don't know what transpired in the house. Maybe it was premeditated, I don't know, but how can he point a shotgun at his friend?"Somehow, despite bail initially being set at $1 million, WFAA.com reports that "his bond was reduced from $1 million to $25,000," which he paid, and Van Exel has now been released.
Even with bail reduced so dramatically, the Morning-News reports that police say the charge against Van Exel is still officially capital murder.
Dallas police Deputy Chief Craig Miller said the capital murder charge against Van Exel could be lowered to manslaughter. "We reserve the right to change the charges; right now that's not the case," Miller said.Honestly, who knows what will come next?