SFSU star charged in murder case
A San Francisco State basketball player has been arrested, and according to reports, he's charged with plotting with a Russian mobster in the murder of a rapper who was gunned down at a hospital where his girlfriend was giving birth.
Decensae White, 25, is awaiting trial in the Fulton County (Ga.) Jail, a Sheriff's spokeswoman confirmed to the San Mateo Times. He's due in court May 31. Also arrested were Maurice Conner, DeAndre Washington, Gary Bradford and Mani Chulayev, the alleged mobster.
According to reports, prosecutors believe he plotted with four men in the 2012 murder of Melvin Vernell III, a 19-year-old rapper known as Lil Phat. They did not detail White's purported role in the killing, which occured in the Atlanta suburb of Sandy Springs, but they believe the crime was drug-related.
“We are in total shock right now,” White’s father, David, told NBC Bay Area. “He is the most non-violent person I’ve ever known in my life. This is beyond anyone's comprehension.”
The 6-foot-6 White averaged a team-high 12.5 points as a starter for SFSU last season after walking on to the team. On Feb. 22, White hit a shot from beyond halfcourt to beat Cal Poly-Pomona.
A former prep standout at Junipero Serra High in San Mateo, he played for Bobby Knight at Texas Tech from 2006-08 before transferring to Santa Clara, where he spent two months with the program before leaving.
According to NBC Bay Area, a source said White moved to Atlanta in 2009 to pursue a rap career.
Local station KPIX-5 ran a feature on White's encouraging comeback story in February: