Prosecutor: Suspect identified as killer

Several witnesses identified the man charged with fatally stabbing a University of Connecticut football player as the killer, prosecutors said yesterday.

Two people arrested in the stabbing of 20-year-old Jasper Howard were arraigned in Rockville Superior Court yesterday. John William Lomax III, 21, is charged with murder while his friend and co-worker, 20-year-old Hakim Muhammad, is charged with conspiracy to commit assault.

Police have not discussed a motive and the investigators' affidavits and arrest warrants are sealed.

But prosecutor Matthew Gedansky yesterday argued for a high bond, saying that several witnesses reported seeing Lomax and Muhammad involved in a minor altercation with others outside a university-sanctioned dance early Oct. 18. He said the two went back to Lomax's car and returned "in a rage" with knives, and escalated the violence. Several witnesses also identified Lomax as the person who stabbed Howard, he said.

Lomax's attorney, Deron Freeman, denied that his client stabbed Howard and said no witnesses in the affidavit could identify Lomax with 100 percent certainty.

Lomax's bond was kept at $2 million, while the judge set Muhammad's bond at $450,000.

Noteworthy

* Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback, Sam Bradford, had surgery on his injured right shoulder and the school called it a success. Bradford has said he plans to enter the NFL draft if his 4-to-6 months recovery goes as planned.

* Texas Tech redshirt freshman quarterback Seth Doege is expected to start against Kansas Saturday, two people familiar with coach Mike Leach's decision said. Doege replaced Tayor Potts in a loss to Texas A & M last week.

* Michigan State reserve running backs Caulton Ray, a redshirt freshman, and Andre Anderson, a sophomore, have been removed from the team's active roster. Coach Mark Dantonio confirmed the move but did not elaborate.

* The Chick-fil-A Bowl and the Atlantic Coast Conference have agreed to a 4-year extension that will keep the conference's first selection after the BCS coming to the game at the Georgia Dome.

The bowl will have the first pick of Atlantic Coast Conference teams after the BCS selections through the 2013 season.

This year's Chick-fil-A Bowl will be played on Dec. 31.

The bowl game matches a Southeastern Conference team against an ACC team.