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Tuesday, January 29th, 2013 at 2:21 pm  |  47 responses

Former NBAer Nick Van Exel’s Son Charged With Capital Murder; Case Set to Begin


Former NBA player and current Atlanta Hawks assistant coach Nick Van Exel’s son Nickey has been accused with using a shotgun to murder his close friend in late 2010, and though in 2011 he was indicted on a manslaughter charge, the charge has since been upped to capital murder. Details courtesy of the Dallas Morning News: “Testimony is expected to begin this morning in the capital murder trial of the son of former Dallas Mavericks player Nick Van Exel. Nickey Van Exel, 22, is accused of fatally shooting his long-time friend Bradley Eyo in the chest with a shotgun at Van Exel’s Garland home in December 2010. According to police, Van Exel later confessed to the shooting, saying that he didn’t realize the gun was loaded. But what Van Exel did next never made sense to Eyo’s father, who told us back in 2010 he did not think the shooting was an accident. Van Exel, who faces up to life in prison, told police that after shooting his 23-year-old friend, he wrapped him in plastic, dragged him to his garage and loaded him into the back of his Chevrolet sport utility vehicle, according to police documents. Authorities believe Van Exel drove his friend’s body over to an area just west of Lake Ray Hubbard and dumped the body. He went back home and cleaned his bedroom and stairs and then left again, Van Exel later told police, this time to get rid of the gun in a North Dallas creek. Though he was initially arrested days after the shooting on a capital murder charge, Van Exel was indicted in January 2011 on the lesser charge of manslaughter. But later in 2011, court records show Van Exel was indicted again, this time on a charge of capital murder. The indictment reads that he shot his friend, ‘in the course of committing and attempting to commit the offense of retaliation.’”

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  • LakeShow

    I was completely oblivious to this case.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Damn…this guy is a goner. You don’t wrap a guy up in plastic and dump his body in an attempt to hide the crime if it was a mistake.

  • z

    Innocent people usually don’t try to dump bodies and weapons. Just sayin’.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s old stuff, very sad though

  • TBRK

    on the same note, cats who think playing around with shotguns is a good idea can’t necessarily be expected to handle such a situation properly

  • TBRK

    My heart dropped when I first heard about this case man……so tough…You don’t just go around playing with shotguns…can’t imagine how Nick felt/feels….tough. Gotta save judgement on the kid for now, we’ll see what comes out

  • The Philosopher

    I am a betting man.
    And I BET that, this was a crime of passion. Probably because, of a female.
    Hence, the original charge of manslaughter.
    Surely, I do not know…

  • Lloyd

    It’s true but anic would do crazy things to a person. Not to mention our
    first instinct even as kids was to try and hide whatever we did so we
    wouldn’t get in trouble. Not comparing childhood mischief to murder, but
    instinctively we look out for ourselves first. Usually when you follow instincts, rational thought isn’t present.

  • Lloyd

    *panic

  • black

    word to jayson williams

  • z

    True. But I would think the panic phase would have been over after the first drive to dispose of evidence. Like, at that point reality sets in and then you make a conscious decision to either continue the cover up or call 911 and explain what happened.

    I would be too shook to touch or move the body if I shot someone in a heat of the moment situation.

  • hardtime

    I once slapped the sh!t out of an ex-girlfriend who hit me in the face with a flashlight during an argument.

    I never hit a chic before that. It just happened, it wasn’t premeditated. She screamed so loud I knew the neighbors would hear.

    I panicked and covered her mouth sayin “shhhhh shhhhh” while I was kissing her face where I hit her. I didn’t even realize she couldn’t breathe til I snapped back to reality. I can understand hurting someone and panicking. I can’t understand covering it up if ur innocent.

    I’m writing this to ya’ll from prison. I snapped back to reality too late cuz she suffocated. I’m awaiting trial. I didn’t mean it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003246310246 Jason Carter

    Damn.. coulda been shootin in the Gym with ya father, instead he chose to shoot guns..smh

  • sumadre

    wtfh

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Don’t remember hearing about this. Wow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Damn…a little tmi

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    did they give you a computer in prison so you can write that?

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i dont knw what to think of this

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    passion crime all the way

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    sad for both family and parents

  • Lorne

    WTF

  • Lorne

    A lot of prisons give certain prisoners restricted computer access for a very short period of time.

  • Lorne

    Why did five people like this comment?

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Oh, I actually didn’t know that. Upvoted

  • The Philosopher

    Damn…

  • Madubbs

    i cant tell if ur being sarcastic or ur forreal…..

  • tweaks

    passion crime my ace. it;s all drug-related murder)s) nuff said

  • big roy

    I do have sympathy for you but if you suffocate someone to death when you kiss them you’re doing it wrong.

    Guessing you’re a troll though.

  • Lloyd

    Different strokes for different folks I guess. I think all I would be thinking is “omg I’m going to prison for the rest of my life” so the panic would be prolonged for me. I’d be doing whatever I could to erase the mistake.

  • Lean62

    I read a little about this they supposedly did some robberies in Houston and Van Exel thought the guy was gonna snitch on him

  • The Philosopher

    Then, I stand corrected.
    I appreciate that.

  • LloydWILLDumpYourBody

    Please don’t own guns or knives. I worry about your friends. They don’t know you’ll dump their bodies and hide evidence God forbid you ever make a mistake with them. They’re goners.

  • Lean62

    His dad played alot of years in the league and made some real good money doesn’t seem like he’d have to involve himself with situations like that but you never know

  • rufus

    The privileged brats at my boarding school didn’t need to involve themselves is selling drugs either, but they sold more than any cat in the hood I ever met.

  • Lean62

    Yea I feel that some cats just don’t get it

  • Jdubb

    What I don’t get is that this kid had/has a direct plug into a better life, career, schooling. He also ruined his father’s life as well. How can Nick V E. come to work knowing his son did something like this–it’s embarrassing! The whole reason you focus and grind to get to the league is to provide a better life for you and yours.

    …kid made his bed. smh.

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    You be trollin’

  • http://twitter.com/_DFrance DFrance

    I’ve never experienced the “I’m going to jail for the rest of my life” panic, but I refuse to believe it would allow me to kill a good friend, wrap their corpse in plastic, dump said corpse in the woods, come home clean up said friends blood, and then leave again to dump the murder weapon before I snapped out of it and called the police.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/OVPBYCSRK6PSUKNCOB66Z2L4IU scot

    message to the NRA

  • Life

    A lot of murderers feel “omg I’m going to prison for the rest of my life” after they kill. In addition to the murder charge, they usually get charged with evidence tampering when the do whatever they can to “erase the mistake”.

  • Laker Fan Dad For Life

    With all do respect to former Laker Nick Van Exel, his son’s story is not jiving and he deserves to be incarcerated for his wrongdoing no questions asked!!!

  • allen3

    I remember hearing a story a while back about one of van exel kid wearing jason kidd jersey while his father was playing against kidd and coming to see his father after the game still in the jersey
    is it the same kid ?

  • dannz

    yup the same one…

  • thab11

    damn i remember this from my local news smh… you choose where wanna be

  • TheOmniscientOne

    Serious man… Some fools just don’t appreciate what they got… A father, that was a niceNBA player and you not in the gym learning? Jus foolin around with guns like some hic? SMFH

  • Lloyd

    …good one. I’m just saying if you put yourself in his position, it’s easy to see that you’re not going to be of sane mind. Or do you think that after he killed his friend he’d calmly called the police and repor himself? That seems psychopathic.

  • Jennifer ann Harrt

    I had not heard about it either. What a tragedy!! Both family’s are suffering. Nobody wins in situations like these. My heart and prayers goes out to them all. a lot of the young people of today are very hard headed and you can’t tell them nothing, I guess it is the sign of the times in which we are living in. Each family will be torn apart, no matter how this goes.

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