Football player arrested in Cleveland Heights murder investigation

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CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- A football player who was to try out for the Cincinnati Bengals has been arrested in Cleveland Heights, accused of tampering with evidence in a murder case.

Antonio Longino, 23, of East Cleveland, was released on a $100,000 bond Thursday morning.

A second suspect, Stephen Johnson, 28, faces a charge of aggravated murder in the case. He turned himself in to police on May 4. His bond was set at $1.2 million.

A release from the Cleveland Heights Police Department states that at just before 2:30 a.m. on May 3 police were called to the Noble and Greyton roads are on a report of shots fired.

Officers found a male in a vehicle in the parking lot at 2212 Noble Road with an apparent gunshot wound. The man was taken to the hospital where he died.

A second victim suffered a gunshot to the hip and was taken to the hospital a short time later. They were treated and released.

In Johnson's court appearance on Thursday, prosecutors said the incident in question was a shoot-out  and that Johnson told his mother he may have killed the victim.

He pleaded not guilty.

Longino is a former football player for the Arizona State University Sun Devils. NFL.com reports that Longino had been in the process of trying out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

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