Such a sad story. In essence, two lives are over. Nick's son Nickey shot his friend (Eyo) with a shotgun by accident a couple of years ago, and now the jury has spoken. It sounds kinda like what happened to Jayson Williams a while back, when he killed his limo driver with a shotgun by accident. He obviously didn't get 60 years, but I guess where Nickey messed up is he dumped his victims body in a lake.
DALLAS -- A Texas jury sentenced the son of former NBA player Nick Van Exel to 60 years in prison Friday in the shooting death of a longtime friend.
Nickey Maxwell Van Exel, 22, received the punishment after his father wept on the witness stand and apologized to the family of the victim, Bradley Bassey Eyo. The same jury in Dallas County in North Texas found the younger Van Exel guilty of murder on Thursday.
Prosecutors had sought a capital murder conviction.
Nickey Van Exel fatally shot Eyo in December 2010 and dumped his body at Lake Ray Hubbard on the eastern outskirts of Dallas. His attorney had said the two were playing with a shotgun at Nickey Van Exel's Garland home and that Van Exel didn't know the gun was loaded.
Nick Van Excel, who played 13 seasons in the NBA including a stint with the Dallas Mavericks and is now a player development instructor for the Atlanta Hawks, testified about the happy times he and his son spent together, including with Eyo.
He recalled the time that he took his son and Eyo to a 2006 NBA Finals game in Miami between the Heat and the Mavericks.
"And they were about the only guys there cheering for the Dallas Mavericks," he said. "It's dangerous when you go to an arena cheering for the other team."
The elder Van Exel broke down at one point while speaking in court. He then apologized to Eyo's family.
"I'm really sorry to the Eyo family. Nobody should have to go through something like this. Nobody," he said, as he looked at Eyo's family members who were in the courtroom.
All I can say is damn...
The jury found that it was murder.. not an accident. Very sad hat it happened but you can't make light of the situation by calling it an accident just because his father played professional basketball esspecially since he discarded the body and tried to cover up the situation.
He probably was scared and panicked, thats why he hid the body, it makes it look more suspicious, but at the same time we dont know what was running through his mind, he had to have been scared to death.
Yeah. Unfortunately for him, hiding the body is the type of thing that get you into jail most of the time.
Too sad for Nick, I liked him as a player.
The was obviously some evidence that made it seem like it was murder. Kind of hard to believe that a 22 year old wont check to see if a gun is loaded, if he was 10 it would make more sense. One thing people might not know is in Texas the justice system is very very harsh
i dunno how the system works but can't they use a lie detector to help with the length of the sentence? damn..
that's pretty much a life sentence, he'll be out when he's 82? truly sad.. thanks for sharing this
Polygraph examinations (lie detector tests) are highly unreliable and are barred from being admitted in any court of law in the USA.
Moreover, this was an obvious case of murder. He shot him, stole his money and shoes, and dumped the body in a lake. Like everyone else, I enjoyed NVE as a player. But his son committed murder and is not just an unlucky kid on the wrong side of a mistake.
Just read another article on it and this was a murder.....after he shot him he stole his friends money, two cell phones and a pair of Jordans.....and the killer.....this was on Christmas day.
It was not a mistake, he murdered him.
god damn.. the decisions some people make. smh
I'm actually surprised he didn't get the death penalty. Texas is not a state to mess around with when it comes to murder charges. For example: say 3 guys shoot the same person one time each. The first 2 gun shots wound the person but are not considered life threatening. The 3rd and final shot is fatal. Under Texas law, all three of these people are eligible for the death penalty although two of the shooters did not commit the fatal shot. In most states you can avoid the death penalty if you were an additional shooter but not the one who delivered the fatal shot. On top of that Texas judges are not shy about issuing execution warrants. In most states you may sit on death row for 20-30 something years before execution but in Texas, you'll be lucky to last 10 years and by then all your appeals will be exhausted. Depending on how you look at punishment, Van Exel got off easy here (although 60 years is a hard pill to swallow).
This is an good read if you ever want to learn more about capital punishment being carried out with. It may or may not give you a new perspective of the death penalty, but in the very least it is definitely an interesting read.