BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4/AP) – A man accused of killing a University of New Hampshire football player in Boulder has been charged with first-degree murder.
Kevin Michael McGregor, 22, of Longmont appeared in court Wednesday in Boulder. The Daily Camera reported he was also charged with criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
McGregor is accused of fatally shooting 20-year-old Todd Walker of Edwards, who was in Colorado for spring break.
Court documents say Walker and woman thought a man believed to be McGregor was joking when he showed a gun and demanded money. Police say Walker was shot in the chest when he intervened.
McGregor had friends appear in court to support him Wednesday. They said they will be there to support him if he goes through a trial. They said McGregor had been going through some tough times. He recently had broken up with a long-time girlfriend.
The friends said even though McGregor has gotten in trouble with the law in the past, they don’t believe he had a pattern of criminal behavior. They believe something bad happened to him that night and he may have just snapped.
“He was just a regular guy, had a job, had a life; definitely wasn’t a bad person,” friend Albert Almanza said. “It was Saint Paddy’s Day and I’m sure alcohol had a big role and he made a really bad decision.”
Tips from the public led police to McGregor, who is a manager at a sandwich shop.