Division III football player faces murder charge
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - A football player at Division III Maryville (Tennessee) College faces a first-degree murder charge in the shooting death of a 16-year-old girl.
Knox County Sheriff's Office officials announced Wednesday that William Riley Gaul, a freshman wide receiver, was arrested in connection with the death of Emma Walker. Officials said Gaul was being held at the Knox County Jail on $750,000 bond.
Sheriff's officials said Walker was found dead of a gunshot wound inside her house Monday morning. Officials said evidence at the scene indicted Gaul fired shots into her bedroom from outside the house while she slept.
Walker was a student at Central High School in Knoxville, Tennessee. Maryville's football roster indicates Gaul graduated from Central High.
Maryville officials didn't have any immediate comment.
These tweets were posted to Gaul's Twitter account this week:
That's my beautiful Emma. Rest easy now sweetheart. 1 Corinthians 13:8. Be sure to remind God about our verse.I love you.Forever and always. pic.twitter.com/gD2stHbY3z— Riley (@rileygaul) November 21, 2016
I love you Emma, I can't be around any of that yet, it's too soon. I know you know I'm dying to be there but understand I can't. I love you.— Riley (@rileygaul) November 22, 2016