By David Rogers. June 9, 2017. BOONE, NC — Three individuals have been charged in the late night fight in Boone last month (May 4) that resulted in the stabbing of Appalachian State football inside linebacker Teh’Ron Fuller, 21. The incident occurred at 219 Crossing Way, in the parking lot of an apartment complex about one mile south of the university campus, on Hwy. 105.
Photographic images courtesy of Boone Police
Blowing Rock News has confirmed with Boone Police and Appalachian State University that Fuller is no longer hospitalized.
Two of the three men charged with “Misdemeanor Assault and Battery” are, like Fuller, listed on the 2017 roster of App State’s football team. The third was a redshirt freshman wide receiver on the 2015 roster.
Ke’monte Tayvon “Tae” Hayes, 19, is listed as a defensive back in football, a junior, who enrolled at the university after playing for Decatur High School in Decatur, Alabama. Coming out of high school rated as a 2-Star prospect by Rivals.com and 24/7 Sports, Hayes appeared in all 13 games in each of the 2015 and 2016 seasons. In 2015, he was the only true freshman to make a start for the Mountaineers that season. In his first two years, he accounted for 38 total tackles (28 unassisted), six passes deflected, one fumble recovery and one pass interception, according to information listed on the App State Sports website.
Isaiah Diontae “Ike” Lewis, 21, is listed on the 2017 roster as a senior wide receiver originally from Hillcrest High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina. He was rated as a 2-Star prospect by Rivals and 24/7 Sports and was a 2-time South Carolina 1-AAAA all-region honoree. As an App State junior in 2016, he got the starting nod in the final six games of the season. For the 2016 season he played in a total of nine games, caught 18 passes for 236 yards and one touchdown. His longest reception was a 60-yard completion against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 19, 2016.
A third man was charged, Marlin Lamar Johnson, 21, of Carrboro, NC. In the 2015 Appalachian State Football Yearbook, Johnson is listed as a wide receiver, described as a “Big-bodied walk-on adds depth to Appalachian State’s talented receiving corps as a redshirt freshman…6-2, 225-pound frame could make him an asset both in the passing game and on special teams.” After playing both football and basketball at Carrboro HS, including as a wide receiver and running back, he red-shirted his freshman year at App State in 2014. According to our review of game reports, he did not participate in any games during the 2015 season, was not listed on the 2016 roster, nor is listed on the current (2017) roster.
A statement from Appalachian State’s Department of Athletics indicated that Lewis and Hayes have been suspended indefinitely from the football team and university officials are fully cooperating with Boone Police in their investigation.
While Hayes, Lewis and Johnson were arrested on Thursday and charged with “Misdemeanor Assault and Battery (each were issued a $1,500 secured bond pending a July 21, 2017, appearance in Watauga District Court, it has not been made known any of the details of the altercation.
Previously charged as a suspect in the stabbing was Malik Jaleel Simpson, 23, arrested on May 5, 2017 on one count of felonious assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
The Boone Police news release describing the incident and arrest in early May suggested that the stabbing was part of a “much larger fight involving multiple people.” There has been no explanation as yet as to what role that Hayes, Lewis, Johnson and possibly even Fuller might have played in the altercation.
Blowing Rock News has been unable to find any connection of Simpson to the football team, but he does have an address listed in the apartment complex where the incident occurred. He is listed on the Appalachian State University roster of students as a senior majoring in Health Care Management.
On May 5th, Simpson was given a $50,000 secured bond pending a June 2 appearance in Watauga District Court. At the June 2 appearance, Simpson was read his rights to an attorney and the court set July 11th as his court date, according to information received by Blowing Rock News from the Watauga County Clerk of Court.