Ex-Vol Vinson arrested in murder investigation

Brent Vinson

Brent Vinson

Charles Austin Corn

Charles Austin Corn

Editor's note: Brent Vinson is charged with tampering with evidence and attempting to tamper with evidence. An earlier version of this story contained incorrect charges.

Former Tennessee football player Brent Vinson is in the Lauderdale County, Ala., jail awaiting extradition to Knoxville after being arrested Tuesday by U.S. marshals in connection with a May 2009 murder.

The warrants on Vinson, who is originally from Hampton, Va., are for tampering with evidence and attempting to tamper with evidence.

Charles Austin Corn, a 23-year-old Tennessee student, died May 24 in a hospital five days after being shot repeatedly during a robbery at his apartment on Spruce Ridge Way in South Knoxville. He never recovered enough to talk with police.

Vinson, then a defensive back at UT, was considered at the time to be a witness to the shooting.

Chuck Reynolds of the U.S. Marshals office in Huntsville told the newspaper that Vinson had reportedly moved to Florence in hopes of enrolling at the University of North Alabama and playing football there in the fall. The marshals said Vinson had arrived in the area after the semester began and was too late to enroll.

Evidence at the scene of the shooting led police to classify Corn as a high-level marijuana dealer who imported pot in bulk from the West Coast. The main witness to the shooting, 23-year-old fellow UT student Kinder Cole Tuckwiller, had reported being robbed of his stash the day before Corn was shot.

The robbery at Tuckwiller’s apartment in North Knoxville had led to the arrests of former UT basketball player Ramar Smith and Kaoun Kaihani, another UT student. Neither faced any charge in Corn’s robbery or death. The case involving Smith and Kaihani was sent to a grand jury in August 2009. Smith had been dismissed from the UT basketball team after the spring semester of 2008.

No one has been charged with the murder of Corn.

Vinson was dismissed from the football team prior to the Chick-fil-A Bowl in December after a discussion with then coach Lane Kiffin; although Vinson told The Sports Animal last month he disagreed with the circumstances around his no longer being on the team.

“I haven’t been in any trouble for me to be dismissed or all those media things that came out that said I was dismissed,” Vinson said on the radio show. “I just want to the truth to be said. That’s all I want is for what’s right to be done.”

Vinson was considered one of the best true athletes on the Tennessee team.

He had 11 tackles and one interception in nine games as a junior as his statistical impact continued to decline. In his freshman season, he recorded 31 tackles, an interception and broke up seven passes. In eight games as as sophomore, he made 13 tackles and had an interception.

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Mule_Days_King writes:

What the hell!?!?!?

sandiegovolunteer writes:

oh boy - was Kiffin involved!

leedsvol2007 writes:

It's obvious Brent Vinson has athletic talent but is totally lacking in the essential character necessary to be a productive member of society.

What a shame.

Volfanstuckinmemfo writes:

Whats a robbgery?

Volfanstuckinmemfo writes:

Oh great, they corrected it just in time

pomp_and_circumstance writes:

Wanted for accessory to murder after the fact? And 5 twitter sentnces is all you can muster? This will be interesting reading when a real news department get'a a hold of it.

MidTennVol writes:

Well, well...imagine that. Vinson in trouble again. Maybe his storied "athletic talent" and "gifts," which we heard about but rarely saw, will serve him well in prison.

AtLeastMyTeamHasPerfectSeasons writes:

Oh great. Now here comes the Gator fans talking about the Fulmer Cup thing again.

jman33163 writes:

Good Grief!!!

dfreeman writes:

in response to jcvet:

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LMAO!!!!

golfballs03 writes:

im sure this will hit ESPN even thought he's not at UT anymore

tnsportsman writes:

Liar Surfer Dude will put him on the USC Team on work release!

How does these guys even make it out of HS? What a shame! Glad he was dismissed in Dec.

roloyo writes:

WTF?????

roloyo writes:

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ethanfrome writes:

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If I were a parent and this news broke, I would read the story and the comments.

As a UT grad, I think it is really sad to think of our football players killing our students.

I don't think this is anything to make jokes about.

Ironcity writes:

Ramar Smith had been kicked off the team long before this incident took place. Lets not tie the basketball team to this.

tnaseevol writes:

Another big star (thug) recruit goes down.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

We know it wasn't Swiperboy. He can't hit the side of a barn when he shoots

Mule_Days_King writes:

In reference to the comments that Vinson made on January 4th, I remember quite a few posters taking up for him. Maybe a few of them should have tempered their comments proclaiming his innocence.
As should the rest of us temper our comments from time to time, yours truly included.

flatrock writes:

Is Tyler Smith next to be implicated?

Cldvols1 writes:

A sad situation, my thoughts and prayers are with Corn's and the Vinson's.

JCJ1986 writes:

in response to ethanfrome:

If I were a parent and this news broke, I would read the story and the comments.

As a UT grad, I think it is really sad to think of our football players killing our students.

I don't think this is anything to make jokes about.

then you should be able to read; he's not under arrest for murder, but as an accessory AFTER the fact, and secondly this Corn guy was a high level drug pusher, so stop making him out to be some innocent victim

tnaseevol writes:

in response to golfballs03:

im sure this will hit ESPN even thought he's not at UT anymore

But wasn't he at UT when this happened?

JCJ1986 writes:

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Cldvols1 writes:

in response to DC_10point0:

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I concur DC!

tnaseevol writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

then you should be able to read; he's not under arrest for murder, but as an accessory AFTER the fact, and secondly this Corn guy was a high level drug pusher, so stop making him out to be some innocent victim

So, it's o-k to kill drug pushers? The kid knew about it -that's what AFTER THE FACT means. Did he turn the killer in? I think not. If he had turned him in, he might have saved his a double s instead of being in jail now.

tnaseevol writes:

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Dam* straight. No matter what color the athelete is, he should NOT be involved in a shooting, doing nothing about it is why he is in jail now

VolinCalif writes:

in response to Mule_Days_King:

In reference to the comments that Vinson made on January 4th, I remember quite a few posters taking up for him. Maybe a few of them should have tempered their comments proclaiming his innocence.
As should the rest of us temper our comments from time to time, yours truly included.

As of right now he is still innocence. Lets wait and see. For the kids sake I hope things go his way. But if a kid died and he was involved well he should pay the price.

volsoutlaw writes:

The thug lifestyle will get you in the end. Here's a message people stop being stupid. You can party, fool around, experiment etc. without hurting people and carrying weapons (guns). These people trying to pretend to be hard do nothing but mess everything up for the rest of the people just having fun. I want to thank all the rappers and other idiots out there that have glamorized this lifestyle. I hope you're super proud of yourself and for the help you've provided your community!

scott_m99 writes:

brent...make sure to say hello to nu'keese while you are in prison

Mule_Days_King writes:

in response to VolinCalif:

As of right now he is still innocence. Lets wait and see. For the kids sake I hope things go his way. But if a kid died and he was involved well he should pay the price.

For the law's sake, I hope justice is done. Not to be unfeeling toward Brent but a man was killed.

VOLFORLIFE writes:

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DC, please quit being so civil. You make it hard to dislike you when you do that.

GO VOLS!!!
JUGHEAD

VolinCalif writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

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Get over the race issue JC. The Pres. election said every thing that can be said about the American Public's feelings on race. Only those looking for a handout will still cling to those war stories of the past.Right or wrong they're history.

SEAL_9821 writes:

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Classy post DC. Keep it up

tnaseevol writes:

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UT is and will always be a great university, IMO.
Why we are recruiting athletes that are of bad character, unsavory, uhh just thugs, I have no idea. I am sure there are great athletes out there who are of good character, and who can play ball, stay out of trouble, make decent grades, etc and represent the VOLS positively. I just hope another shoe does not drop before BB season is over and FB spring practice begins.
GBO

FWBVol writes:

The good news for Vinson is while this is a felony charge of tampering and accessory to murder afer the fact. If guilty it would seem he would do some time, but at least he wasn't directly involved with murder.

The bad news is he made another stupid mistake and seems to have lost his chance at North Alabama.

The kid has 5-star talent and a 1-star brain and sense of morality.

I think a lot of the problems happening with UT and other football teams has to do with the NCAA rules that shut down athletic dorms. No, all the problems wouldn't go away if the dorms were open again, but there would be more control by the university if athletes were made to live in a more structured setting while on an athletic scholarship.

scvols writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

We know it wasn't Swiperboy. He can't hit the side of a barn when he shoots

Unless he is running to his left ...

Down_The_Field writes:

what a mess.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

in response to scvols:

Unless he is running to his left ...

Must of had his eyes closed

CincyOhVol writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

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First of all your an idiot.

Second, Charles Corn is dead. I don't think that counts as a free pass.

Corn was a dope dealer. Vinson is a thug. Has nothing to do with skin color.

easleychuck writes:

And amazingly this genius had a passing score to get into college.

ghost_of_which_doctor (Inactive) writes:

in response to tnaseevol:

So, it's o-k to kill drug pushers? The kid knew about it -that's what AFTER THE FACT means. Did he turn the killer in? I think not. If he had turned him in, he might have saved his a double s instead of being in jail now.

I see it like this...if you climb in a boxing ring, expect to get hit in the head.

If you are a 'high level' drug distributor, expect some transactions that lead to violence. When you play with snakes, expect a bite.

I do feel sorry for all involved

tnaseevol writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

I see it like this...if you climb in a boxing ring, expect to get hit in the head.

If you are a 'high level' drug distributor, expect some transactions that lead to violence. When you play with snakes, expect a bite.

I do feel sorry for all involved

See FLVOL69 post after yours. Learn something!

tnaseevol writes:

in response to ghost_of_which_doctor:

I see it like this...if you climb in a boxing ring, expect to get hit in the head.

If you are a 'high level' drug distributor, expect some transactions that lead to violence. When you play with snakes, expect a bite.

I do feel sorry for all involved

I also see it like this... If you are a thug running around with another thug and that thug kills someone, you see it happening and do nothing you are involved in that killing.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to JCJ1986:

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Dead people don't get a free pass.

LagunaVol writes:

innocent until proven guilty! That is still in the constitution, isn't it? I'm sometimes ashamed to be in a crowd that doesn't observe due process. There is no place for pre-judice in our society. Don't pre judge this man. He is DUE his process. If he turns out to be in violation of the law then, and only then, is there a time to disuss his transgressions. Look in the mirror before you stare at a man who is scared and needs your objectivity.

usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid writes:

in response to LagunaVol:

innocent until proven guilty! That is still in the constitution, isn't it? I'm sometimes ashamed to be in a crowd that doesn't observe due process. There is no place for pre-judice in our society. Don't pre judge this man. He is DUE his process. If he turns out to be in violation of the law then, and only then, is there a time to disuss his transgressions. Look in the mirror before you stare at a man who is scared and needs your objectivity.

A fair point...

tnaseevol writes:

in response to LagunaVol:

innocent until proven guilty! That is still in the constitution, isn't it? I'm sometimes ashamed to be in a crowd that doesn't observe due process. There is no place for pre-judice in our society. Don't pre judge this man. He is DUE his process. If he turns out to be in violation of the law then, and only then, is there a time to disuss his transgressions. Look in the mirror before you stare at a man who is scared and needs your objectivity.

Has it been confirmed he was at the scene of the murder?

KptDBVol writes:

in response to flatrock:

Is Tyler Smith next to be implicated?

Tyler most certainly not to be implicated...but Ramar Smith is probably most to blame for Tyler's current plight. Sometimes things are for thuggery...sometimes for protection!

Go easy on Tyler, he's paying a stiff price for someone elses jealousy!

LagunaVol writes:

in response to usnavyvolfaninva_still_getting_paid:

Dead people don't get a free pass.

correctomundo! There aren't any free-passes here. Some people make grave mistakes and live to correct their mistakes ... or repeat them. Some don't get the chance of living. Bad roll of the dice.

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