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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

ALABAMA BOOSTER CONVICTED OF BRIBING HIGH SCHOOL COACH FOR RECRUIT FOUND DEAD
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Destined for the proximity of inappropriate snark as SMQ's "Most Serious Crime of the Week," and possibly of the year, Alabama booster Logan Young, convicted in 2005 on federal racketeering conspiracy and money laundering charges in a failed effort to bribe defensive tackle Albert Means to Tuscaloosa, was found dead in his home "after a fierce, bloody struggle" today:
Police and his defense attorney confirmed the death of Logan Young, 65, but did not say how he was killed.

Investigators found "a lot of blood," police Sgt. Vince Higgins said. "The nature of the attack was brutal. The entire house is a crime scene."

Higgins said there were signs of a struggle in the house, a two-story stone Tudor home in one of Memphis' most exclusive country club neighborhoods.

Investigators don't know a motive or if the attack was related to Young's federal conviction, Higgins said. Police haven't determined how his home was entered or how many attackers there might have been.

While police waited for fingerprints and dental records to identify the body, Nashville defense attorney Jim Neal confirmed the victim was Young.

"I've had two or three calls about it, all to the same end, found killed in his home. ... I heard that there was blood everywhere," Neal said.

Higgins said Young's housekeeper found the body after she arrived for work Tuesday morning, and the pool boy told police he saw Young as he was leaving the house late Monday.

"All we can tell is (the killing) happened sometime overnight — late night or early morning," Higgins said.

Memphis police said there had not been any recent police calls to Young's address before his body was found.

Young was free pending appeal of his 2005 conviction on money laundering and racketeering conspiracy charges in a federal case involving the recruiting of defensive lineman Albert Means.

Young was sentenced last June to six months in prison, plus six months' home confinement, then two years' supervised release.
Little to add to that at this point, though SMQ thinks it premature and probably narrow-minded to necessarily associate the death with the scandal that put the Crimson Tide on probation during the Franchione Era - the guy was a multimillionaire, after all, so simple robbery as a motive isn't far-fetched. And even Alabama fans - really, not even this guy - aren't so crazy vengeful they'd look to sate their bloodlust for Young with actual blood.

Or so SMQ hopes.
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