Ex-football player faces homicide trial

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A former Woodland Hills football player was ordered Friday to stand trial on charges that he fatally shot a McKeesport man outside an after-hours club in August.

A district judge held Vondre Griffin, 23, for court on a count of criminal homicide in the Aug. 5 death of 37-year-old Tameko Wall, court records show.

Mr. Wall was shot in the head outside the Sportsman's Club, also known as Pav's Tavern, on Fifth Avenue in McKeesport.

A witness told Allegheny County homicide detectives that Mr. Wall "squared up" with a man outside the club as if they were going to fight. The witness then saw Mr. Griffin walk up, pull a gun from his waistband and conceal it behind his leg

Mr. Griffin told detectives a friend who was with him that night was punched in the face outside the bar, and fired his gun because he believed another man was armed. Police said Mr. Griffin told them he never actually saw a gun on that man.

A quarterback for the Woodland Hills High School football team, Mr. Griffin in 2007 was recruited to play at Kent State University.

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