Smallwood, 20, was arrested by WVU police Monday on an out-of-state fugitive warrant. He was turned over to Mon County police and booked at the North Central Regional Jail in Doddridge County with no bail set. Wilmington police said he will be charged with witness intimidation in a Delaware murder case stemming from an April 14, 2012 fatal shooting in the city. In March and May of 2013, Ivey said Smallwood allegedly tried to get a witness to recant statements implicating a friend of his charged with first-degree murder.
According to police reports, Manuel Oliveras, then 51, was fatally shot on April 14, 2012. Zakee Lloyd, then 19, was arrested on Jan. 8, 2013, and charged with first-degree murder. He awaits trial, Ivey said. In addition, Lloyd also was charged with firearm possession by a person prohibited and possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, Ivey said. He was ordered held without bail in Young Correctional Institution in Wilmington.
Smallwood, Ivey said, is alleged to have tried multiple times to get a witness to “come and make a false statement to police that recanted previous statements which implicated Lloyd.” The extradition process, Ivey said, varies in a state-to-state basis depending upon local laws. The average time is approximately one week, though some extraditions take days or months. Smallwood has signed extradition papers, allowing him to be returned to Delaware and formally charged. The Delaware legislature passed a bill in May that defines an act of intimidation as a Class D Felony. The penalty is up to eight years in prison.
Media reports noted that Smallwood has sought counsel with lawyer of James Gianola of Gianola, Barnum, Wigal & London LC, with offices located in Morgantown, W.Va. According to their website, the firm provides sound legal counsel and representation to individuals, families, and businesses in Morgantown, West Virginia, as well as Monongalia, Taylor, Harrison, Marion, Preston, and Wood counties.
Smallwood, who enrolled at WVU in January of 2013, was expected to be a significant contributor for the Mountaineers both in the backfield and at slot receiver. He rushed for 221 yards and one touchdown on 39 carries as a freshman last season. Smallwood also had 11 catches for 132 yards. The 5-11, 200-pounder was also expected to compete on special teams; Smallwood led WVU in kickoff returns with 541 yards. West Virginia head coach Dana Holgorsen is aware of the arrest, though is taking no action at this time.